Performance Enhancement of Hydrokinetic Arrays Using Reliable, Low-Cost Dynamic Components
Project Innovation + Advantages:
Emrgy, Inc., and its partners are implementing “dynamic tuning” of the HKT system to optimize performance across variable water flow conditions and implement new control algorithms at the system level to optimize array performance. Successful implementation may deliver LCOE of $0.07-0.10/kWh depending on deployment location. Broad deployment of the technology platform in riverine, tidal, and manmade canal resources may displace 1-2 Quads/year of traditional carbon-based generation and 150-300 gigatons of carbon production. Phase I will focus on the impacts of water depth and velocity on turbine performance. Phase II will focus on the design of dynamic tuning elements in the rotor and flume sub-systems, new materials development for substitution of stainless steel and/or traditional concrete, power system development to improve utility or microgrid operation, and module-level and cloud-based system-level controls development. Ultimately a full-scale 20-30kW twin-turbine will be fabricated and tested in a riverine environment.
Hydrokinetic energy is an abundant renewable energy source that presents unique opportunities and benefits.