UNH P.O.W.E.R. (Permanent Outfit for Water Energy Recovery) Tidal Turbine Test Facility Design

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Project Type: 
Education
Year: 
2010

Students Involved:

Jeffrey Byrne UNH - Department of Civil Engineering
Alex Costa UNH - Department of Mechanical Engineering
Daniel Johnson UNH - Department of Civil Engineering
Isagani Kimball UNH - Department of Civil Engineering

Faculty Advisors:

M. Robinson Swift UNH - Department of Mechanical Engineering
Abstract: 
There is an ever growing interest in environmentally friendly energy production these days such as wind, solar and tidal energy. Solar and wind energy are used worldwide in generating electricity and both rely on unpredictable natural forces as sources of energy; although reliable, little has been done in terms of tidal energy. Tidal energy is slowly growing in popularity but the lack of a proper full scale testing facility is hindering commercial development of tidal energy systems. Tidal energy is an excellent source of power due to its predictability and low impact on the environment.
 
The University of New Hampshire’s P.O.W.E.R (Permanent Outfit for Water Energy Recovery) Team’s goal is to provide a testing platform for a variety of tidal energy turbines. This report discusses the steps taken to design a twin hull deck barge for use as a test facility. These steps include determining design criteria, exploring design alternatives, hydrostatic and tipping analysis, full scale design parameters, scale model testing and structural analysis.

Publications

Available from the National Sea Grant Library (use NHU number to search) or NH Sea Grant

Report

  • UNH P.O.W.E.R. (Permanent Outfit for Water Energy Recovery) tidal turbine test facility design (2010). Jeffrey Byrne, Alex Costa, Daniel Johnson and Isagani Kimball. Advisor: M. Robinson Swift.