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Make tidal energy systems more efficient

Tidal, or hydrokinetic, energy is a type of renewable electricity generated by the movement of bodies of water. Modern-day mechanisms are more reliable and efficient than older hydropower methods, such as dams, which use the vertical fall and volume of water to spin a turbine and generate power. Recently, engineers have developed ways to capture the powerful, highly concentrated energy resource from flows, currents, and tidal surges.

The mechanism used to extract kinetic energy from the water is similar to the way a wind turbine extracts power from moving air. The water current or the hydrodynamic lift of tides turn the rotor blades which are connected to a generator for converting the rotational energy into electricity. However, unlike wind, water flow is much more predictable and powerful, and it provides a steady, reliable stream of clean energy.

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In-stream hydrokinetic projects generate electricity directly from the horizontal flow of water in rivers, inland waterways, irrigation canals and other man-made conduits.

Tidal energy is produced by the surge of ocean waters during the rise and fall of tides. This technology is still rather young, and with very few tidal power plants operating in the world, only a small amount of power has been produced so far.

The mechanism used to extract kinetic energy from the water is similar to the way a wind turbine extracts power from moving air. The water current or the hydrodynamic lift of tides turn the rotor blades which are connected to a generator for converting the rotational energy into electricity. However, unlike wind, water flow is much more predictable and powerful, and it provides a steady, reliable stream of clean energy.

Low-maintenance Temperature Control Solution

Although the Earth’s oceans and rivers are a tremendous source of renewable energy, harvesting it in a profitable way comes with challenges. Power generation systems are installed directly in the water’s currents where the powerful hydrodynamic drag on generators, cables, and support equipment makes it very difficult to access components for maintenance.

AMOT 3-way thermostatic control valves are the rugged, fit-and-forget solution for generator engine fluid temperature control. While the valve works to improve the overall efficiency and performance of the system, its simple mechanical design requires little maintenance and can operate in any mounting position. Adjustments are never required on an AMOT thermostatic valve, and they provide years of trouble-free, reliable service.

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Maintenance Made Easy

Thermostatic temperature control valves are a rugged, reliable, and repeatable means of controlling your vital fluid temperatures. But the ability of your temperature control valve to maintain a constant temperature can change over time. Degradation of components eventually can cause a degradation in valve performance. And as temperatures begin to stray from the desired set point, engine performance begins to suffer. When the time comes to service the valve, complete service kits for thermostatic valves are available with all the components needed to make maintenance quick and simple.

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