Albatross Technology LLC is developing new concepts of ocean renewable energy system which include floating offshore wind turbine, marine current turbine and wave energy converter. Although they are new, you will find our concepts are very simple. Simplicity is one of the important features of offshore renewable energy devices because it reduces the amount of steel usage and maintaining cost of the devices far distant from shore.

-- May the wind force be with you. --

Floating wind turbines, marine current turbines, and more

Floating offshore wind turbine will be similar to onshore turbines? Our answer is negative. The present mainstream concept of onshore wind turbine is Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine (HAWT) mounted on a tall tower. Such a top-heavy design is not suitable for floating structures.

In ocean engineering, heavy objects can be easily supported by buoyancy. Then, why don't you float the Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT) rotor directly on water? From the floating rotor, multiple electric generator modules derive torque above water. It is much easier than putting a HAWT/VAWT rotor on the top of float system.

We apply the technology to floating offshore wind turbines and marine current turbines. In addition, we are developing floating wave energy converter. Check our technology.

Floating Axis Wind Turbine (FAWT) concept

Model experiments

We are conducting R&D of the novel floating offshore wind turbine concept with Osaka University and Kanazawa Institute of Technology, supported by New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), Japan, in Fiscal year 2015.
Floating Axis Wind Turbine (FAWT) gif animation (small)
Floating Axis Wind Turbine (click for enlarge or mp4 movie for higher resolution)