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Reference Number EP/M020452/1
Title Floating Tidal Turbine Fences
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 (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Dr RHJ Willden
No email address given
Engineering Science
University of Oxford
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 06 October 2014
End Date 31 August 2015
Duration 10 months
Total Grant Value £97,427
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region South East
Programme Newton Programme
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr RHJ Willden , Engineering Science, University of Oxford (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Harbin Engineering University, China (0.000%)
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Abstract Large scale power generation from tidal currents will require the deployment of large numbers of tidal turbines arrayed in close proximity to one another. This presents significant challenges; turbine-in-wake interactions, as well as significant opportunities; arraying turbines side-by-side in closely spaced fences can significantly enhance their performance. Extreme weather survivability and the ability to maintain offshore systems are key to delivering economic and durable tidal energy systems.A potential solution to these challenges is floating systems supporting multiple closely spaced turbines. Such systems will provide rapidly deployable, retrievable and maintainable multi-turbine systems that deliver high performance.This project will conduct a preliminary assessment and feasibility study of floating closely spaced tidal turbine arrays. Specifically the project will seek to optimize the hydrodynamic performance of multiple closely spaced turbines supported from a single platform and determine their load and response when subjected to combined wave and tidal flows. The project will also seek to determine the suitability and stability of mooring systems under such loads and the platform's static and dynamic response leading to definition of permissible operating regimes.
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