The main advantages of the floating platform with hydrokinetic turbines and light-enhanced photovoltaics with underwater elastic energy storage tanks with compressed air are that the upper surface of the light-enhanced photovoltaic platform is compacted, and the free water space below it is used for elastic pneumatic energy accumulators. An energy-efficient advantage of the floating platform with hydrokinetic turbines and light- enhanced photovoltaics with underwater elastic compressed air energy storage tanks is that it is designed to operate with multiple Savonius-type turbines that are efficient even at very low water velocities and are self-starting.
A functional advantage of the invented floating platform with hydrokinetic turbines and light-enhanced photovoltaics with underwater elastic energy storage tanks with compressed air is that it can be moved to energy-efficient sections of the water current, according to seasonal and other changes.
An energy-technical advantage of the floating platform with hydrokinetic turbines and light- enhanced photovoltaics with underwater elastic tanks for energy storage with compressed air is that it works with programmable over-platform rev multipliers, which allows to sustain the operation of the electric generators with their maximum possible power.
An ecological advantage of the invented floating platform is that it poses no physical danger to underwater fauna.
An advantage of the floating platform with hydrokinetic turbines and light-enhanced photovoltaics with underwater elastic energy storage tanks with compressed air for its rapid widespread use is that it is assembled from commercially available equipment and materials.
An investment advantage of the floating platform according to the invention is that many of the components are intended to be the same, which reduces capital costs due to the effect of the scale of their production.
A practical advantage of the floating platform according to the invention is that rechargeable water passenger and transport vehicles can be docked next to it, for direct charging of their batteries from the user interfaces.
The world's energy appetite is growing fast and energy production capacity is being rapidly devoured. A fundamental shift in global demand has begun accompanied by a slow supply response, given the long lead-time required to rebuild surplus fossil fuel capacity. While the major renewables, solar and wind power, are growing they still make up a very small amount of the country's total energy output. In response, billions of dollars have been invested in renewable energy over the past decade. The primary renewables that have received the most funding are wind, solar and biofuels. But even with all this rapid growth, wind, solar and biofuels, all together, make about 1% of global electricity production. The single greatest challenge to growth of renewable energy is its inability to compete with traditional energy sources without subsidies or market preferences. If these technologies cannot surmount transitional economic challenges, they can never become a “mainstream” component of the maturing energy sector. Renewable energy can only compete effectively with traditional energy sources if they achieve similar economies of scale. Whether they can meet this challenge depends both on these technologies' physical attributes and on the legal environment. Two key challenges will affect this attempted transition: (1) financial feasibility of large-scale projects and (2) surmounting environmental siting and operation challenges for broad-scale use of these technologies.
A key issue for renewable energy development is whether a natural energy source has enough energy in it to pay for the energy of manufacturing, transport, construction and services it consumes over its lifetime. It is believed that the present invention challenges even that number. Wide use of the invention will protect consumers from increases in electricity costs due to volatile fuel prices and supply disruptions by reducing the use of natural gas and other fuels used for electricity generation, and lowering the pressure on their price. The invention has many environmental advantages over fossil fuels the most important being a zero carbon footprint. Through the centuries hydropower has been dominated by the dam and reservoir configuration. But these large dam and reservoir projects, many built fifty or more years ago, are land intensive, environmentally unfriendly, and are no longer cost-competitive to replicate today.
Although hydropower is a clean and unlimited source of energy, it often comes with a high price. It is currently dominated by huge expensive dams, which displace people, flood vast areas and wipe out fish populations that need open rivers to spawn. Holding back further use of hydropower has been the lack of an efficient, inexpensive and environmentally friendly technology to extract energy from water.
Some devices require to be manufactured only in a technologically advanced country which makes its application more expensive to spread globally.
Summary of technological advantages
The invention's advantages over current state of the art hydrokinetic devices are numerous and include lower build, install and service costs. Minimal upfront funding required compared to other renewable energy inventions. This allows the units to be funded and built in stages as each stage pays itself back in around few year's time.