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Reference Number EP/J010200/1
Title The Effects of Realistic Tidal Flows on the Performance and Structural Integrity of Tidal Stream Turbines
Status Completed
Energy Categories RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES(Ocean Energy) 100%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Civil Engineering) 40%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 40%;
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences) 20%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Dr T O'Doherty
No email address given
Engineering
Cardiff University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 July 2012
End Date 30 September 2015
Duration 39 months
Total Grant Value £1,389,372
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region Wales
Programme Energy : Energy
 
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr T O'Doherty , Engineering, Cardiff University (99.988%)
  Other Investigator Dr I Masters , Engineering, Swansea University (0.001%)
Dr DM O'Doherty , Engineering, Cardiff University (0.001%)
Dr RI Grosvenor , Engineering, Cardiff University (0.001%)
Dr C Byrne , Engineering, Cardiff University (0.001%)
Mr P Prickett , Engineering, Cardiff University (0.001%)
Professor D Mba , School of Engineering, Cranfield University (0.001%)
Dr JAA Teixeira , School of Engineering, Cranfield University (0.001%)
Dr SP Neill , School of Ocean Sciences, Bangor University (0.001%)
Professor AG Davies , School of Ocean Sciences, Bangor University (0.001%)
Dr M Li , Centre for Engineering Sustainability, University of Liverpool (0.001%)
Dr G Najafian , Centre for Engineering Sustainability, University of Liverpool (0.001%)
Dr RJ Poole , Centre for Engineering Dynamics, University of Liverpool (0.001%)
  Recognised Researcher Dr M (Michael ) Togneri , Engineering, Swansea University (0.000%)
Dr A Mason-Jones , Engineering, Cardiff University (0.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Ove Arup & Partners Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Marine Current Turbines Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Mabey Bridge Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , National Instruments Corp (UK) Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Tidal Energy Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , Power Units M & E Engineering Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Tata Group UK (0.000%)
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Objectives
Abstract This project investigates the effects of extreme conditions on marine energy generators when installed as a single device or in arrays or farms. By combining the results of experiments, computer predictions and real life expertise, the research will enable the industry to produce, design and manufacture better tidal stream turbines that can be optimised to suit the prevailing sea conditions. Once these devices are deployed there will be a need to remotely monitor their condition and manage their operation during their life time. This research will deliver a system that will allow the owners of the devices to remotely monitor their condition and performance to ensure they achieve optimal energy production whilst maximising their life span. This will enable the electricity suppliers using this source of renewable energy to achieve the best possible long term economic performance. Finally, the environmental impact of such installations will be considered to ensure the positioning of these devices is not detrimental to the surrounding sea, coast and seabed
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