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The Söderfors Project: Construction of an Experimental Hydrokinetic Power Station
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Electricity.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Electricity.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Electricity.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Electricity.
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2011 (English)In: Proceedings of the 9th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference, Southampton, UK, 5-9 September 2011, 2011Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The Division of Electricity at Uppsala Universityis developing an experimental hydrokinetic power station for instreamexperiments at a site in a river. The purpose of this paperis to present some of the design choices made in the constructionof the experimental station. For background purposes, an outlineof the research project as a whole is also given.

The experimental station will be deployed in the Dal¨alvenRiver at S¨oderfors, whence the project derives its name. Thesite was selected based on several technical and non-technicalreasons. The system comprises a vertically oriented cross-streamaxis turbine and a directly driven permanent magnet generator tobe situated on the riverbed. The necessary power electronics forcontrol and power conversion will be housed in a small measuringstation on shore.

The paper discusses several aspects of the project, thatmight be of interest to other researchers in the field. Variousdesign choices, where different properties become the limiting ordeciding factor in different cases, are discussed along with theirrespective advantages and disadvantages. A brief outlook as tothe future of the project is also given.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011.
Keyword [en]
hydrokinetic energy, vertical axis turbine, lowspeed generator, experimental facility
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Research subject
Engineering Science with specialization in Science of Electricity
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-164282OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-164282DiVA: diva2:467136
Conference
9th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference, Southampton, UK, 5-9 September 2011
Available from: 2011-12-19 Created: 2011-12-19 Last updated: 2016-04-12
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1. System Perspectives on Hydro-Kinetic Energy Conversion
Open this publication in new window or tab >>System Perspectives on Hydro-Kinetic Energy Conversion
2012 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Free-flowing water currents such as tides and unregulated water courses could contribute to world electricity production given the emergence of robust technical solutions for extracting the energy. At Uppsala University, a concept for converting the energy in water currents to electricity using a vertical axis turbine with fixed blade-pitch and a direct-drive permanent magnet generator is studied.

Technological equipment for extracting energy from water currents can be studied at desktop to some extent, but physical realizations, first in a laboratory setting, and later in a natural aquatic setting, are necessary. For this reason, a laboratory generator has been constructed and evaluated, and an experimental setup comprising turbine, generator and control system has been constructed. The turbine and generator are to be deployed in the Dalälven River in Söderfors, and operated from an on-land control station. The author has worked with constructing and evaluating the low-speed laboratory generator, participated in the design and construction of the Söderfors generator, and designed and constructed the control system for Söderfors.

The generator design incorporates a low rotational speed, permanent magnets, and many poles, in order to adapt the generator to the nature of water currents. Simulations and experimental data for the laboratory prototype have been compared and show that the simulation tool used is adequate for design studies of this type of generator. The generator has also been shown to be able to operate with the intended turbine design and range of water velocities. The control system to be used in Söderfors has been tested in a laboratory environment. Simulations of the control system show that it should be able to operate the turbine and generator at the desired rotational speeds in water velocities up to about 1.8 m/s. Simulations of the system have also shown that maximizing system power output may not correspond with maximizing turbine power.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2012. p. 65
Series
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Science and Technology, ISSN 1651-6214 ; 976
Keyword
tidal energy, permanent magnet, direct-drive, in-stream power converter, load control, vertical axis turbine, renewable energy, engineering science
National Category
Energy Systems Other Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering
Research subject
Engineering Science with specialization in Science of Electricity
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-181555 (URN)978-91-554-8479-8 (ISBN)
Public defence
2012-11-09, Polhemsalen, Ångströmlaboratoriet, Lägerhyddsvägen 1, Uppsala, 09:15 (English)
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Available from: 2012-10-18 Created: 2012-09-26 Last updated: 2013-01-23Bibliographically approved
2. Hydrokinetic Resource Assessment: Measurements and Models
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Hydrokinetic Resource Assessment: Measurements and Models
2013 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The conversion of kinetic energy in water currents into electricity has gained great attention the past years. The conversion systems are stand-alone units that typically consist of a turbine, driven by the water stream, with a generator connected to it. At the Division of Electricity at Uppsala University, research on a hydrokinetic energy conversion system is ongoing. In March 2013, a full-scale prototype was deployed in the river Dalälven at Söderfors.

This thesis is based on seven papers where the aim has been to assess the resource for hydrokinetic energy conversion. The existing hydrokinetic energy resource assessments in Scandinavia have been limited to the tidal energy found along the coast of Norway. The results from these assessments were unreliable, due to the lack of velocity data and the simple methodology used. One objective of this thesis was thus to measure the velocity in both tidal current and rivers, and evaluate models for predicting these values. Another objective was to study implications of the conversion of hydrokinetic energy, such as the degree of utilisation and the conversion efficiency, and effects on the surrounding flow and water level.

River discharge data was shown to give a good approximation of the velocity. However, non-linear behaviour of the velocity upon changing discharge cannot be approximated with discharge data. A model using tidal level data to estimate the velocity in fjord entrances was evaluated, and the model was shown to adequately estimate the cross-sectional average velocity. However, the maximum velocity in the horizontal cross-sectional profile was significantly higher than the cross-sectional average, and the model, in its current form, was not recommended to be used for resource estimations.

A high degree of utilisation, around 50%, was shown to be possible to achieve in both tidal and river currents, provided that the rated velocity is chosen properly. It was concluded that the rated velocity should be higher than the mean value, but lower than the value giving optimal conversion efficiency. Converting the kinetic energy of the flow to electricity in a river was shown to alter the water level upstream of the turbine. However, the increase in water level, caused by a hydrokinetic energy converter, was shown to be negligible compared to background friction.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2013. p. 70
Series
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Science and Technology, ISSN 1651-6214 ; 1038
National Category
Oceanography, Hydrology and Water Resources
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-197834 (URN)978-91-554-8654-9 (ISBN)
Public defence
2013-05-24, Häggsalen, Ångströmslaboratoriet, Lägerhyddsvägen 1, Uppsala, 13:00 (English)
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Supervisors
Available from: 2013-05-03 Created: 2013-04-04 Last updated: 2018-01-11
3. Marine Current Energy Conversion
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2016 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Marine currents, i.e. water currents in oceans and rivers, constitute a large renewable energy resource. This thesis presents research done on the subject of marine current energy conversion in a broad sense.

A review of the tidal energy resource in Norway is presented, with the conclusion that tidal currents ought to be an interesting option for Norway in terms of renewable energy.

The design of marine current energy conversion devices is studied. It is argued that turbine and generator cannot be seen as separate entities but must be designed and optimised as a unit for a given conversion site. The influence of support structure for the turbine blades on the efficiency of the turbine is studied, leading to the conclusion that it may be better to optimise a turbine for a lower flow speed than the maximum speed at the site.

The construction and development of a marine current energy experimental station in the River Dalälven at Söderfors is reported. Measurements of the turbine's power coefficient indicate that it is possible to build efficient turbines for low flow speeds. Experiments at the site are used for investigations into different load control methods and for validation of a numerical model of the energy conversion system and the model's ability to predict system behaviour in response to step changes in operational tip speed ratio.

A method for wake measurements is evaluated and found to be useful within certain limits. Simple models for turbine runaway behaviour are derived, of which one is shown by comparison with experimental results to predict the behaviour well.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2016. p. 66
Series
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Science and Technology, ISSN 1651-6214 ; 1353
Keyword
marine current energy, renewable energy, turbine, energy conversion, wake, Söderfors
National Category
Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering
Research subject
Engineering Science with specialization in Science of Electricity
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-280763 (URN)978-91-554-9510-7 (ISBN)
Public defence
2016-05-04, Polhemsalen, Ångströmlaboratoriet, Lägerhyddsvägen 1, Uppsala, 13:15 (English)
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Supervisors
Available from: 2016-04-08 Created: 2016-03-15 Last updated: 2016-04-12

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