The Development of Tidal Current Turbines and Issues for by aqu16527

VIEWS: 23 PAGES: 1

									                 The Development of Tidal Current Turbines
                 and Issues for Future Design and Operation
                                      Ian Bryden

                 Institute for Energy Systems, School of Engineering,
                               University of Edinburgh, UK



The first practical tidal turbine was installed in Loch Linnhe in the early 1990s. This
system demonstrated the feasibility of tidal currents as sources of renewable energy.
Since then, numerous alternative designs have been proposed, although most fall
into one of four fundamental design concepts: horizontal axis, vertical axis, linear lift
and venturi. This presentation will summarise the developmental history of tidal
current technology, including the challenges which have driven the evolution of the
most successful designs and will finally present those challenges which are being
addressed for the next stages in development. In particular, the author believes that
the turbines themselves are not the real issue!

								
To top