Mini tidal power plant installed at Kadike
Vijay Kumar Hegde, engineer and head of Susi Global Research Centre, has installed a pilot tune-up tidal power plant, generating power through sea waves, on the Kadike Beach here.
The plant is presently run on an experimental basis about 250 metres from the sea shore. It is fixed on seven feet-high pillars. A drum — two feet in diameter and four feet in length — attached to it floats along with the waves.
Explaining the working of the small experimental plant, Mr. Hegde, who got a patent for it eight years ago, told presspersons here on Thursday that in the first stage of energy synchronising system, the mechanical energy of the floating drum moving up and down gets converted into continuous rotary motion by using ratchet and gear mechanism.