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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

1).  Question: When did DynoRotor change its name to AquaGen

Answer: DynoRotor starting carrying on business as AquaGen.blue in January 2023

 

2). When will AquaGen start shipping products? 

 

Answer: AquaGen and our Manufacture / Distribution Partners are expected to start shipping products in late 2024

3).  Question: What will be the List Price on the AquaGen Products? 

 

Answer:  Unknown at this time

 

4). Question:  Is there any chance of getting AquaGen product earlier then late 2024?

 

Answer: YES.  In 2023 / 2024 AquaGen products may be made available to select group of Governments and strategic partners who have agreed to assist AquaGen with our long term testing plans..

 

 

5).  Question: Where can I purchase AquaGen's once you start shipping? 

 

Answer: In the beginning, AquaGen will sell direct.  However, AquaGen is presently setting up the distribution and reseller network. Please put your name on our mailing list and we will send out information when it becomes available.  Register here for more information.

6).  Question: How do I become a dealer, reseller or distributor? 

 

Answer: Please fill out the information form on this site.  We have not signed any dealers or distributors yet.  We are collecting names and plan on contacting potential partners NOW.

7).  Question: I have some very large opportunities for your products in my country, can I get exclusive rights to sell AquaGen in my country? 

 

Answer: Please fill out the information form on this site, and we will respond to you.  At the moment we are not giving out any exclusivity for any country or region.  We plan on signing Strategic Partners who want to invest in AquaGen for exclusive territorial rights. 

 

8).  Question: Where will AquaGen be manufactured? 

 

Answer: AquaGen's initial manufacturing will be in Canada, (our prime manufacturer FLEX has been selected).  AquaGen  intends to negotiate exclusive strategic partnerships with one or more transnational companies for the larger quantity sales, and support of AquaGen's worldwide.  AquaGen will continue to develop and license our products.

9).  Question: How do I invest in AquaGen, are you a Public Company, are you on what Stock Exchange? 

 

Answer: AquaGen is not a publicly traded company and we are not listed on any stock exchanges.  We are starting a round of financing NOW to accredited investors.   If you are interested in investing please let us know here:

10).  Question: What are AquaGen Target Markets?

 

Answer: Our initial target markets for AquaGen are the following:

a).  Military and Disaster Relief.

b). The 789 million people today that do not have electricity and will never be connected to the grid

c).  The 800 million people that have electricity but it is very expensive (i.e. running off of a diesel generator for a few hours a day at around costs of $0.80 to $1.00/kW-hour).

d)..  Wave Power for Marker Buoys (add on to solar)

 

11).  Question: Where does AquaGen plan on doing its long term testing?

 

 

Answer: AquaGen plans on doing long term (3-5 years) testing at the Canadian Hydro-kinetic Turbine Testing Center (University of Manitoba), near Winnipeg Canada. We will also test at various strategic partner (Military) locations throughout the world.

12).  Question: How long is the AquaGen been designed to last for?

 

Answer: AquaGen is designing our products to last as long as possible.  The mean time between failure (MTBF) for all the parts in the system is a being designed to 15 to 20 years (this is not to say that the product will not fail for 20 years).   AquaGen intends to offer a one year limited warranty on all our products.  AquaGen also suggests that the consumer purchases a service contract or extended warranty.

 

​13). Question: Will AquaGen harm fish and marine life?

Answer: The answer is NO.

​13). Question: How does AquaGen compare to the competition?

Other Technologies (not AquaGen): LARGE SCALE FOCUS ONLY (100kW to Megawatts)

• Architecture: Usually Darrieus (35% to 40% coefficient of power) or Propeller (40% to 45%) See Betz table below

• Address's a very large untapped market

• 100kW to MW sizes are almost always Grid Connected Only

AquaGen: SMALL SCALE FOCUS Up to 10kW

• Developing Nations World Focus

• Military Portable stand alone, off-grid, micro grid

• Address’s a large untapped market

Simple and easy  installation

Designed to be light weight: one, two person carry

• No cranes or heavy equipment required for installation

• AquaGen uses proven Darrieus and Propeller architectures

(with patent pending technology built in)

AquaGen's technology is carbon fibre, is lightweight and

designed to operate in very very slow water speeds (1 m/s)

• Can be located in streams, rivers and canals

• No Permits usually required

• Lower capital costs

• Higher Power Density (more power out put per kg (4 to 20 times)

• Installation in minutes to hours

• Non corrosive encasement

• Minimal moving parts

Low maintenance costs

• No Environmental Impact

• Does not interfere with marine life

• Zero noise, heat or smoke signature

14).  Question: Does AquaGen compete with Wind and Solar?

Answer:  The answer is NO, AquaGen does not compete against Wind and Solar technologies.  Because Wind and Solar typically do not operate 24 hours a day x 7 days a week, we feel that AquaGen may be a better solution in some areas around the world.  We feel AquaGen complements Wind and Solar and should be part of the overall solution when and where possible. An ideal solution will incorporate Solar, Wind, and battery backup solution.  Please see below.

15).  Question: What is AquaGen's rated power outputs and frequency? 

 

Answer: Everything depends on the on-shore inverter that is selected with the AquaGen technology.  AquaGen will offer inverters for 120 to 240 VAC (50 or 60Hz) and/or DC inverters that can handle 12, 24, 48 Volt DC configurations. 

16).  Question:  How does AquaGen compete against Gasoline or Diesel Generators?

Answer:  AquaGen will generate power at a cost under 5 cents per kWh.  A gasoline generator will cost around 80 to 100 cents per kWh to run.

17).  What is the Betz Limit and what are the Hydro Kinetic Turbine Designs  that AquaGen has?

 

Answer: The Betz Limit s the theoretical maximum efficiency (co efficient of power Cp) for a wind / water turbine, conjectured by German physicist Albert Betz in 1919 who concluded that this value is 59.3%, meaning that at most only 59.3% of the kinetic energy from wind/water can be used to spin the turbine and generate electricity.

 

In reality all turbines can NOT reach the Betz limit and common efficiencies are between 35 % to 45%.

The AquaGen Turbines (Minnow, Goldfish, Trout and Shark) are a high speed propeller design which achieve efficiencies between 40% to 45%.  The Minnow (21% now, once the blade design is optimized will be renamed and become the Goldfish with a 40+% efficiency (doubles the power).  Our Barracuda design is a Darrieus blade and achieves efficiencies around 35% to 40%.

Betz Limit Diagram with various technologies effeciency compared

18).  Question:  How does AquaGen Products compare to Solar, Wind and Diesel?

Answer:  See below:

AquaGen versus Diesel, Solar and Wind

19).  Question:  How many households can a single AquaGen Gold Fish, Trout or Barracuda Power around the World?

Answer:  Please see chart below.  At 2 m/s water speed, a single Trout delivers 30 kWh/day and a single Barracuda delivers 100kWh/day.  The chart below shows the average daily electricity household use in various countries.  Example in Cameroon, 1.4 kWh/day is the average consumption, therefore a Trout system could power (30 / 1.4= 21 households) whereas a Barracuda can power (100 / 1.4 = 69 households).  Note all AquaGen products can be connected together to provide more power.  Example ten Barracudas would power (10 X 69 households = 69 households) or a small village in Cameroon.  Average World power consumption is higher, a single Barracuda would power (100/9.2 = 10 households).  Please see chart below:

World Wide Household Power Demand per Day kWh

20).  Question:  How much power does AquaGen produce at various water speeds?

Answer:  Please see chart below

AquaGen Product Line Up

21).  Question:  How does AquaGen achieve the best power density in the Industry?

Answer:  AquaGen achieves the BEST POWER DENSITY in the industry by  incorporating these eleven techniques: 

1).  Material Selection:  choosing lightweight and strong materials is crucial. Composite materials like carbon fiber reinforced polymers (CFRP) or fiberglass offer a high strength-to-weight ratio. These materials are commonly used in aerospace and marine applications due to their excellent properties, AquaGen is using carbon fiber where ever we can.

2).  Advanced Alloys: AquaGen uses advanced metal alloys, (titanium & aluminum which are known for their strength-to-weight ratio. Titanium, for example, is corrosion-resistant and has a high strength-to-weight ratio, making it suitable for marine environments.

3).  Aerodynamics and Hydrodynamics:  AquaGen designs our turbine blades for optimal aerodynamic and hydrodynamic performance. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations help us refine the blade shape and curvature to minimize drag and maximize energy conversion efficiency.

4) Structural Optimization: AquaGen utilizes computer-aided design (CAD) software and finite element analysis (FEA) to optimize our turbine's structural integrity. This involves analyzing stresses, strains, and load distribution to ensure that the turbine can withstand operating conditions while minimizing unnecessary weight.

5). Additive Manufacturing: (3D printing) to create complex geometries that optimize strength while minimizing material usage. This technique leads to our innovative designs that are not possible with traditional manufacturing methods.

6). Hollow Structures: AquaGen designs hollow or honeycomb-like structures into all our products, which significantly reduces weight while maintaining structural integrity, distributing loads efficiently & offering a high stiffness-to-weight ratio.

7).  Improved Manufacturing Techniques: AquaGen utilizes advanced manufacturing techniques, such as precision machining and robotic assembly, to ensure consistency and accuracy in turbine production. This can reduce material waste and improve overall turbine performance.

8).  Corrosion Resistance: AquaGen chooses materials with good corrosion resistance, especially when dealing with water-based environments. Corrosion can weaken materials over time, leading to reduced performance and safety risks.

9).  Active Monitoring and Maintenance: AquaGen plans on incorporating sensors and monitoring systems to detect signs of stress, fatigue, or wear in real-time. This allows for proactive maintenance, preventing catastrophic failures and extending the turbine's lifespan.

10).  Research and Development: AquaGen invests in research and development to explore novel materials and design concepts that could further enhance the strength-to-weight ratio of our water turbines. New materials, such as advanced polymers or nanocomposites, may offer improved properties.

11).  Scale Effects: Consider scaling up the turbine's size if feasible. Larger turbines can often achieve better efficiency due to improved scaling effects, potentially allowing for a lighter and stronger design. 

 

Remember that achieving a balance between lightness and strength involves trade-offs. It's essential  we consider factors like cost, manufacturing feasibility, and environmental impact when implementing our strategies. AquaGen collaborates with experts in materials science, mechanical engineering, and hydrodynamics help AquaGen develop the most effective water turbine solutions.

22).  Question:  Do AquaGen Products Kill Fish?

Answer:  Simple Answer is NO. 

 

There have been dozens of Studies at various Universities and Companies that prove Run-of-River Water turbines do NOT harm fish because Fish have a remarkable ability to sense changes in water pressure, and they use this sensory capability for a variety of purposes, including navigation, predator avoidance, prey detection, and communication. The detection of pressure changes, or pressure waves, plays a crucial role in a fish's ability to navigate its environment and interact with other fish and aquatic creatures. Here's how it works:

  1. Predator Detection: Fish can sense pressure waves generated by the movement of larger aquatic creatures, such as predators. When a predator approaches, it may create pressure waves in the water, alerting potential prey fish to the danger. This allows prey fish to take evasive actions to avoid being captured.

  2. Prey Detection: Some fish can detect the pressure waves created by the movement of smaller prey fish or other aquatic organisms. This helps predators locate and capture their prey.

  3. Communication: Fish also use pressure waves for communication. They can produce and detect subtle pressure changes to convey information to other members of their species. This communication is often used for mating, territorial defense, and schooling behavior.

  4. Navigation: Fish can sense changes in water pressure to navigate their environment, particularly when it comes to avoiding obstacles or finding their way in murky waters where visibility is limited.

In the context of hydrokinetic turbines or other underwater structures, researchers and engineers often consider the potential impact of pressure changes created by these structures on fish behavior. Minimizing sudden pressure changes and turbulence in the water around turbines can be one way to reduce the potential disruption to fish and other aquatic life.

Overall, understanding how fish detect pressure changes and using this knowledge to design underwater structures in a way that minimizes harm to fish is an ongoing area of research and engineering in aquatic conservation and renewable energy projects.

AquaGen, low cost power from slow moving water in streams, rivers, canals, and waves. To learn more about how you can get involved, please fill in contact form here.  You can also email us at info@aquagen.blue for product information, or if you want to be a distributor or reseller, you can email dealer@aquagen.blue.  For investing information, please email invest@aquagen.blue
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