A small segmented oscillating water column using a savonius rotor turbine

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Record of the IEEE International Conference on Sustainable Energy Technologies, ICSET, 2008, 2008, pp. 508 - 513
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This paper outlines a project which addresses the use of a small segmented oscillating water column with three sections. The turbine utilises cascaded Savonius rotors (one for each section) and this system is developed and tested for validation of the performance algorithms. It is shown that the systems can be easily described and a system developed that can generate. It would be suitable for a shoreline location such as a harbour wall, where waves are random and not orthogonal to the column. Conversion rates in the region of 20 % are tabulated for the system with an output of 25 W peak. The paper will give a full algorithm for the system while the digest outlines some crucial points with regards to the sizing and operation of the column with respect to the wave frequency and wavelength. The turbine is fully characterized the generator is a brushless permanent magnet machine connected to a diode bridge rectifier and variable load.
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