Projects: Projects for Investigator
Reference Number V/06/00207/00/00
Title Air Turbine Development
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) 50%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 30%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 20%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Mr B Waterland
No email address given
Peter Brotherhood Limited
Award Type Standard
Funding Source DTI
Start Date 01 June 2005
End Date 30 September 2007
Duration 27 months
Total Grant Value £100,254
Industrial Sectors Power
Region East of England
Programme WAVE
Investigators Principal Investigator Mr B Waterland , Peter Brotherhood Limited (99.999%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , Cranfield University (0.001%)
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Objectives This proposal is for a dramatic reduction in the cost per kWh of Oscillating Water Column (OWC) devices through the innovative integration of power electronics, turbine design and control algorithms made possible due to recent advances in system optimisation and CFD modelling. A new air turbine, HydroAir, will be developed able to extract useful generated energy from a much broader range of sea states than technology currently in use. The proposal teams PBL with Cranfield University, linking aworld-wide expertise and reputation in delivering turbomachinery power solutions with advanced turbomachinery research, design and analysis. Novel inlet flow conditioning provides optimum entry conditions to the turbine. An improved turbine coupled with power electronics controlling the turbine into and out of the stall flow region delivers increased peak and real efficiency gains as well as overall system control. These advances are truly innovative, deliver increased energy consistently throughout the year and offer the breakthrough critical for the UK lead in applying ‘wet renewable technology’ to low cost, sustainable energy generation world-wide.
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