Floating platform will harvest wind, wave, solar and tidal energy

GEPS Techno, a French start up company, claims it is developing a floating platform called the MLiner, which will produce renewable energy from solar, wind, wave and tidal sources. The MLiner could be used to bring electricity to isolated places like small islands or oil and gas rigs.

The solar panels, wind turbines and tidal turbines will be used by the company off-the-shelf however, Philippe Magaldi co-founder and R&D director of GEPS Techno, said that it was impossible to find a similar solution for the wave energy converter: "The only thing we had to design is the wave energy converter that we made with very simple components."

The team have designed a simple wave energy converter themselves including a closed tank filled with sea water that travels between two chambers. As the water passed between the chambers it spins the turbine creating electricity.

The MLiner will be available in 300kW, 500kW and 1MW versions that will move to wherever it is needed and will measure roughly 30m in diameter. The company has started building a 'mini' version as a demonstrator model and are looking to raise €400,000 by the beginning of August 2015 on the crowdfunding site IndieGoGo to produce the final product.

Magaldi concluded: "The mini-MLiner is still in the workshop, but we designed it, are almost done building it, we will launch it in a few weeks and we know it will work. It will help us prepare for the next step."

GEPS Techno hopes that its MLiner will be launched by the end of 2018.