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Power Quality Performance of the Tidal Energy Converter, SeaGen

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Joseph MacEnri

ESB International Ltd., Dublin, Ireland

Matthew Reed

Marine Current Turbines Ltd., Bristol, UK

Torbjörn Thiringer

Chalmers University, Göteborg, Sweden

Paper No. OMAE2011-49549, pp. 529-536; 8 pages
  • ASME 2011 30th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering
  • Volume 5: Ocean Space Utilization; Ocean Renewable Energy
  • Rotterdam, The Netherlands, June 19–24, 2011
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4437-3
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


SeaGen is an in-stream 1.2MW tidal energy converter (TEC) located in Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland that has been in almost continuous service since May 2009. This technical paper first outlines the characteristic features of the TEC itself and its power take-off system, followed by the electrical and marine environments of its location, and finally it presents the results of its power quality performance assessment. The PQ assessment was carried out using the existing European Norm EN50160 for assessing permissible voltage parameter variations on public electricity networks and the conclusions drawn are from data collected over a number of months of operation of the device.

Copyright © 2011 by ASME
Topics: Tidal turbines



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