Power generation from renewable energy sources is a prime concern for the technology development of the next decades. 潮汐和河流的水动力是巨大的, but so far hardly tapped resource which has the additional advantage of being highly predictable. 在这个项目中, you will develop a third generation hydrokinetic power converter for application in tidal currents and rivers.
The generation of electricity from the power contained in fast flowing water currents still constitutes a challenge. hydrokinetic power converters (HKPCs) must be efficient and cost-effective in terms of construction, 操作与维护. They must also be able to deal with difficult environments. 与涡轮机相比，流量增强的浮动水轮有几个优点:
- all components are above water level and easily accessible
大月亮能源有限公司, 盐湖城, Utah has developed this technology already for application in very fast tidal currents of up to 5.5米/秒的流速.
然而，世界范围内的绝大多数资源位于速度范围从1.5 to 2.5 m/s. 因为水的动能是流速的三次函数, the energy density in these sites is considerably smaller. 因此，为了能够利用这一资源，必须发展新的技术. 这个项目的目的是发展这项技术.
在这个项目中, you will start to introduce several novel features such as a diffuser or a multi-bladed wheel to improve efficiency and reduce costs. The technological development will be conducted through the development and application of theoretical models, 并通过物理模型测试和实验. 预计在项目期间, more potential improvements can be identified and investigated. 一项资源研究将能够量化世界范围内河流和潮汐流的潜力.
For this project we would like to employ a student with a civil or mechanical engineering degree (BEng or MEng) and who:
- likes to combine theoretical with practical and experimental work
- is a team player who can relate to academic and industrial partners.