Joint study inspects misaligned flow effects on tidal turbines

Illustration/FloWave (Photo: Callum Bennetts/University of Edinburgh)

Intertek Energy & Water has released a research paper that investigated the implications of misaligned flow on tidal energy turbines.

The joint study by Intertek Energy & Water, Cardiff University, the University of South Wales and the University of Edinburgh aims to provide vital information to tidal turbine developers in terms of performance and fatigue, and to ensure maximum power output from a turbine.

The study, released in Renewable Energy journal, was co-authored by Intertek Energy & Water expert Paul Evans .

Evans said: “The opportunities of harnessing tidal energy from UK shores are vast, and therefore having an understanding of the impact of the environment on devices is extremely important to help maximize tidal turbine life expectancy and performance for future generations. We are fortunate to be able to partner with world-class researchers on this important topic of tidal energy, which is a predictable alternative to relying on fossil fuels and can help reduce the impact of Climate Change.”

Allan Mason-Jones, Co-author and Lecturer at Cardiff University, said: “The research and resulting paper demonstrates the critical importance of collaboration between industry and academia. The knowledge gained and shared will be valuable to the growing marine energy Industry, both for developers and potential suppliers.”

Intertek Energy & Water provides assessments for projects in the marine and coastal environment, services for power transmission, renewable energy, oil, gas, water, ports and harbours.

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