2019 Volume 12 Issue 3 Pages 228-234
In an oscillating water column (OWC) based wave energy plant, a bi-directional airflow is generated in the air chamber. To harness energy, the bi-directional airflow turbines that rotate in the same direction are used in such wave energy conversion devices. Some turbines for bi-directional airflow have been proposed to date, and their performance were investigated by wind tunnel tests and CFD analyses. Some of the typical turbines have inherent disadvantages, such as severe stall problem and low efficiency. Therefore, authors proposed two unique turbines for bi-directional flow: Wells turbine with booster and counter-rotating impulse turbine. An extensive computational work was conducted to perform a comparative study between the conventional and proposed turbines for bi-directional airflow.
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