Field Measurements of a Full Scale Tidal Device

Penny Jeffcoate*, Ralf Starzmann, Bjoern Elsaesser, Stefan Scholl, Sarah Bischoff

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    Field testing studies are required for tidal turbine device developers to determine the performance of their turbines in tidal flows. Full-scale testing of the SCHOTTEL tidal turbine has been conducted at Queen’s University Belfast’s tidal site at Strangford Lough, NI. The device was mounted on a floating barge. Testing was conducted over 48 days, for 288 h, during flood tides in daylight hours. Several instruments were deployed, resulting in an expansive data set. The performance results from this data set are presented here. The device, rated to 50 kW at 2.75 m/s was tested in flows up to 2.5 m/s, producing up to 19 kW, when time-averaged. The thrust on the turbine reached 17 kN in the maximum flow. The maximum system efficiency of the turbine in these flows reached 35%. The test campaign was very successful and further tests may be conducted at higher flow speeds in a similar tidal environment.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)3-20
    Number of pages18
    JournalInternational Journal of Marine Energy
    Early online date28 Apr 2015
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment


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