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Reference Number T/06/00241/00/00
Title Performance characteristics and optimisation of marine current energy converter arrays
Status Completed
Energy Categories Renewable Energy Sources(Ocean Energy) 100%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Physics) 40%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 20%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Dr U (Unsal ) Hassan
No email address given
Garrad Hassan and Partners Ltd
Award Type Standard
Funding Source DTI
Start Date 01 December 2005
End Date 30 November 2008
Duration 35 months
Total Grant Value £536,498
Industrial Sectors Power
Region South West
Programme TIDAL
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr U (Unsal ) Hassan , Garrad Hassan and Partners Ltd (99.996%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd (0.001%)
Project Contact , University of Southampton (0.001%)
Project Contact , Hydrovision Ltd (0.001%)
Project Contact , Lunar Energy Ltd (0.001%)
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Objectives Marine current conversion technology is at the prototype stage with the deployment of single turbines already underway. In the medium term turbines will be installed in farms - arrays of turbines that will interact with the flow and each other, modifying both the performance of and loading experienced by the turbines. Understanding the interaction between the turbines will be critical in determining the most appropriate layout of the farms to maximise energy capture and minimise loading on theturbines. Through model and full scale testing as well as numerical modelling, the building blocks required for the development of a design tool for tidal stream turbine arrays will be put in place. Currently no data are available to indicate device / flow / device interactions and virtually no work is being conducted on the arrangement (wake and blockage effects) of turbines within an array. The innovation within the proposed project is therefore clear.
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