QED Naval to Develop Innovative Tidal Tech in Sound of Islay

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QED Naval, the University of Edinburgh and Scottish Association for Marine Sciences (SAMS) are being supported by the Energy Technology Partnership (ETP) to complete a resource assessment and performance modelling of a tidal turbine in the Sound of Islay.

The work involves a 3D Large Eddy Simulation model of the Sound of Islay by Edinburgh.

Velocity and turbulence parameters from this model are applied to local CFD model of the Subhub platform and the tidal turbines to provide the performance of the system at certain states of the tide. Unsteady effects will also be assessed and differential loading through the rotor cycle.

Edinburgh and SAMS will extract the tidal harmonics data from the tidal model, and this is used along with the performance data in QED’s TWEET design tool to calculate the energy yield and capacity factors for the site.

The Energy Technology Partnership has secured funding from the European Commission’s European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) as a contribution towards the support provided to eligible projects.

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