A Speed Control Strategy for Parallel Connected Tidal Turbines in an Array Using a Variable Ratio Drive

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Abstract

Shared export cables in conjunction with onshore converters has the potential to reduce the cost of energy generated by tidal turbine arrays. A key challenge to the implementation of this configuration is to successfully control multiple parallel connected generators whilst still optimising rotor performance over a range of varying flow speeds. A control strategy is proposed for use with a variable ratio drive to overcome this difficulty and validated using a Simulink model, with initial results suggesting it provides a viable solution.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 7th Oxford Tidal Energy Workshop
PublisherUniversity of Oxford
Pages35-36
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2019

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