Triumph & Failure – TCSC prototype fourth ocean test


Triumph & Failure:

SIFET Prototype

GWFT has its fourth ocean test under its belt. The interactive ocean footprint of the Tidal Current Surface Crawler (TCSC) prototype is a mere 4’ wide by 8’ long with a penetration depth of 0.8’. This interactive fluid volume represents a tidal grip on the track that has been measured in its driving force, a force that drives the Endless Belt Generator on a continuous basis.

We have already confirmed in our first test that the prototype is sea-worthy and that the track begins to rotate with very little effort, with the power takeoff engaged, to power a 2HP compressor. This picture represents the very first (ready to be) deployed version of the TCSC prototype.

Testing has been done systematically, focussed on small steps followed by modifications where weaknesses and improvements could be identified.

With four tests now under our belt, we have reduced the track start-up rotation from 3km/hr to 1km/hr, and at this speed of rotation we expect it to be applicable for slow currents such as the Gulf Stream.

In addition to achieving compressed air exceeding 20psig, our second test has also presented us with a question/dilemma “When is an equipment failure a triumph”?

One can best ponder this question in the context of an equation, and we will leave it for others to consider the value of the answer.

WORK is the application of a FORCE over a DISTANCE, with the related POWER being derived by applying the TCSC track speed.

Our 150lb tensioning instrument failed beyond its limit, and we estimate the driving force approached the 200lb value.

The driving force represented by the tidal grip commands some attention, as this represents the force of the tidal stream as it is directly applied to the power takeoff on a continuous basis.

It is to be noted that this is our first ocean prototype, supported by a shoe-string budget and dedicated workmanship, in which the design has been outstripped by its success. Although we expect some more revealing results, this initial design has done its job and has set us on a course to produce a well-engineered saleable working commodity in 2016.

Our vision, when funding allows, is to successfully challenge the tidal industry with this new innovation and its potential green energy solution. We will shortly be seeking investor support to propel the GWFT technology to commercialization. For Investment Opportunities with GWFT, please refer to Contact details in our website We are open for business with an imminently saleable product.

Design of our next generation prototype is well underway, and we expect and are capable of providing a means of applying tidal current energy to loads such as Seeley’s Cove AquaCannon.

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