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Reference Number EP/R000875/1
Title Design Feasibility Study for a Low Velocity Tidal Stream Turbine
Status Completed
Energy Categories Renewable Energy Sources(Ocean Energy) 100%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields SOCIAL SCIENCES (Economics and Econometrics) 20%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 20%;
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences) 60%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Dr T O'Doherty
No email address given
Cardiff University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 January 2018
End Date 31 December 2019
Duration 24 months
Total Grant Value £197,887
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region Wales
Programme Energy : Energy
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr T O'Doherty , Engineering, Cardiff University (99.993%)
  Other Investigator Professor AS (AbuBakr ) Bahaj , Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton (0.001%)
Dr L Myers , School of Engineering Sciences, University of Southampton (0.001%)
Mr C Johnstone , Mechanical Engineering, University of Strathclyde (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%)
Dr A Mason-Jones , Engineering, Cardiff University (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Ove Arup & Partners Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Nautricity (0.000%)
Project Contact , Bosch Rexroth Corporation (0.000%)
Project Contact , SCHOTTEL HYDRO GmbH, Germany (0.000%)
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Abstract The research will investigate the feasibility of extracting energy from low velocity (< 2 m/s) tidal flows, using the UK waters as a case study. Existing research and commercial developments have focused on the energy extraction from high velocity flows (> 2 m/s), given the priority has been to optimise the potential renewable energy. However there are numerous issues associated with the associated technologies relating to the operation, reliability, maintenance and survivability of turbines in these high energy flows.Consequently, there is now a need to consider the potential energy from low velocity tidal currents, where some of these issues will not be so paramount and the resulting energy costs make this option economically attractive. Given the different tidal conditions, it is imperative that a feasibility study is first undertaken to analyse the environmental conditions and determine the design parametrics required for a tidal stream turbine to operate in such low velocity flows.The study will therefore provide information to the tidal turbine developers on the design requirements for a low velocity tidal stream turbine, including the blade geometry and the drive train system as well as a Levelised Cost of Electricity (LCOE) evaluation for comparison with existing technologies.
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Added to Database 09/02/18