A NEW WAVE
The results are in, and the world has finally woken up to the fact that we must clean up the global energy sector and make a radical shift from fossil-based materials to renewable, zero-carbon resources. The majority of major changes and new inventions are focusing on mass power production through cleantech, such as utility-scale solar farming or large hydropower stations.
This is a huge step in the right direction, but it’s far from an all-inclusive solution. What about those delocalised areas that can’t be easily accessed or connected to a power grid? Deserts, mountain tops, oil rigs, and let’s not forget the multiple developing countries where over two billion people have either only intermittent access to energy supplies or no access at all.
ENTER WITT ENERGY!
A patented remote power technology that is fully scalable, green, and affordable, WITT’s tech transforms kinetic energy that exists in motion, whether naturally occurring or manmade, into clean electrical power. Think of a device that takes motional energy from naturally occurring sources such as wind, wave, ocean currents, river or tidal flow, and converts this into electrical power that can be used directly or be stored in a battery. This seemingly simple technology employs advanced engineering and captures energy from all six degrees of chaotic motion.
ACHIEVEMENTS EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT
o Crowdcube’s largest equity-funded cleantech campaign ever
o Winner of Ocean Exchange ‘Leap to Zero’ USA
o One of the best 60 patents ever filed (400th anniversary of British Patents)
o One of the 1,000 solutions selected by the Solar Impulse Foundation
o Contract with the MoD DASA (Ministry of Defence, Defence and Security Accelerator)
HOW DOES IT WORK?
WITT is a unique transmission system which is capable of taking regular or erratic motion and with the aid of 2 pendulums harvests the motion and turns a flywheel in one direction producing electricity. The construction of the patented system enables the pendulums to move 360 degrees (NO Shock load) always turning the flywheel in one direction: an ideal solution for the harsh conditions of the marine environment… a deceptively simple and elegant solution!
WHAT MAKES IT UNIQUE?
The best part, unlike other eco-friendly energy harvesting technologies, the WITT system is fully scalable. The smallest system built to date is 140mm, harvesting ~5 watts depending on the input. The largest WITT system was tested at Southampton University and produced ~200 watts of power. No matter the size, all WITT systems are encased in a sealed unit to protect the technology from the environment and vice versa.
WHERE CAN IT PROVIDE A SOLUTION?
The WITT Energy concept has many ways of harvesting power to provide an affordable solution, one of them is an approach to harvest wind energy which has been of particular interest to developing countries. WITT Energy won a place at Innovate UK’s Energy Catalyst 8 Event and visited Cape Town and Johannesburg in March 2020 to demonstrate the WITT transmission system fitted to a “Dragonfly” made up of a flat packed frame and cotton/fabric sails, an easy to assemble and dismantle system harvesting wind motion and turning it into useable power. Local energy companies and townships are interested in small WITT units and the Dragonflies as they also offer an affordable solution to help with energy supply in poor areas and remote locations.
Our planet consists 70% of water and the WITT is able to take water motion and turn it into useable power with application in wave, tidal, rivers and sub-sea. WITT Energy is currently focusing on the commercialisation of the application in the subsea environment, where the WITT harvests underwater motion known as Vortex Induced Vibration (VIV). The system is contained within an HDPE pipe providing power for sensors, data gathering, temperature studies, security and defence. More info on how this works here.
WITT Energy is targeting the Aquaculture market, where fish farms can use the WITT to replace current environment damaging Diesel generators, and the Oil & Gas industry follows suit, with the added capability of the WITT devices to dampen vibrations, while at the same time harnessing energy.
WHO IS BEHIND IT ALL?
The WITT technology was the brainchild of Martin Wickett, a senior civil engineer with expertise in building roads and bridges. After a distinguished career, Martin built the first full-scale WITT model over a period of nine months and has been working on the technology since then together with Mairi Wickett. WITT Energy is a small team with Chairman Roger Evans MBE, a retired Managing Director of Schaeffler Ltd; founder Martin as CTO; Mairi as Business Development Director; NED Bill Corr, Innovation Specialist at Scottish Enterprise and former Engineering Manager; Project Manager Will Boult; and interim CEO John Acornley, who has been a Chair and NED for more than 10 years in several PE backed companies.
WHAT IS THE LATEST NEWS?
Most recent events in 2021 include the award of the Solar Impulse Efficient Solution Label as part of the 1,000 solutions that can protect the environment in a profitable way, selected by the Solar Impulse Foundation/World Alliance. WITT Energy has been selected as one of the 1,000 green, affordable and global solutions to help reduce CO2 with Zero Emissions.
And not to forget, WITT also was awarded a contract with the Ministry of Defence and their Defence and Security Accelerator, very exciting new developments…
If you are interested in knowing more about WITT Energy or intrigued by the concept, feel free to reach out to us. Also, WITT Energy is currently fundraising to start mass production and deployment, if you are more on the active investment side.
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Watch the test WITT performed at Solent University where, to obtain real-life data and performance measurements, WITT was submerged in the university's 60m towing tank.
Watch a scaled up version of WITT's technology that was tested at the Southampton University. This testing clearly shows just how scalable the WITT device could be.
Listen to Will Boult, WITT's Project Manager, that talks about WITT’s technology and its applications in an interview with Professor Lucy Rogers.