Turbine Control of a Tidal and River Power Generator: Preprint

Eduard Muljadi, Vahan Gevorgian, Alan Wright, James Donegan, Cian Marnagh, Jarlath McEntee

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As renewable generation has become less expensive during recent decades, and it becomes more accepted by the global population, the focus on renewable generation has expanded to include new types with promising future applications, such as river and tidal generation. The input variations to these types of resources are slower but also steadier than wind or solar generation. The level of water turbulent flow may vary from one place to another, however, the control algorithm can be adjusted to local environment. This paper describes the hydrokinetic aspects of river and tidal generation based on a river and tidal generator. Although the information given in this paper is not that of an exact generator deployed on site, the data used is representative of a typical river or tidal generator. In this paper, the hydrokinetic and associated electrical controller of the system were not included; however, the focus of this paper is on the hydrodynamic control.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 2016
Event2016 IEEE North American Power Symposium - Denver, Colorado
Duration: 18 Sep 201620 Sep 2016


Conference2016 IEEE North American Power Symposium
CityDenver, Colorado

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-5D00-66867


  • distributed generation
  • hydrokinetic
  • marine
  • ocean power
  • renewable
  • river
  • tidal
  • variable generation
  • water power


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