This project will involve tank testing of the GKinetic ocean energy device, to support validation of previous Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) studies and optimised turbine design

Project Insights

  • €47,618

    Total Project Costs
  • 1 yr

    Project Duration
  • 2019

    Year Funded

Project Description

This turbine and deployment system consists of two vertical axis turbines positioned either side of a central bluff body. The bluff body serves as a deployment system and also acts to accelerate the flow to the turbines. Research to date has focused on optimising the turbines and this work resulted in the commercialisation of surface deployed systems which are now at TRL 7. The proposed research project will focus on a submerged version that could be deployed offshore. The work will study the shape of the bluff body and how it influences the flow to the turbines. The team propose to build three models with different shapes and carry out tests in a flume that will enable the study of hydrodynamic flows and assess the effects of different bluff body/turbine configurations. Based on previous CFD models and data collected during earlier lab and field tests, along with previous practical experiences, the team propose to design component configurations that are likely to give the best results. The team will experiment with these alternative configurations to understand how best to optimise the flow to the turbines. The resulting data will help to validate the existing CFD methodology and point the way to improvements in their approach to CFD.

Project Details

Total Project Cost: €47,618

Funding Agency: SEAI

Year Funded: 2019

Lead Organisation: GKinetic Energy Ltd

Vincent Mc Cormack

Lead Researcher