Tidal power generation with reciprocating turbines in a simple system is investigated on a performance simulation in order to enlarge the capability of practical use of tidal power with extra-low head and time-varying energy density characteristics. Four reciprocating turbines, which are two types of impulse and a Wells developed for wave power conversion systems, and a cross-flow type of Darrieus for extra-low head hydropower are focused for utilizing extra-low head tidal power. Their turbine characteristics in a unidirectional steady flow obtained by physical test models are compared in non dimensional forms and power plant performance with the turbines are numerically simulated on equivalently scaled turbines based on the low of similitude on turbine performance with the non dimensional characteristics under one of the simplest controls in combination with suitable reservoir ponds area. The output of the power plant depends on tidal difference and a pond inundation area. The results are summarized and discussed on the averaged electric output of the power plant and the optimum scale of pond inundation area.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment