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Boffins target slow flow tidal

Four UK universities to collaborate on turbine design for low-velocity tides

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The University of South Wales (USW) is to spearhead a £200,000 project aimed at finding ways of generating energy from low-velocity tidal flows. 

Three other UK Universities will join USW on the project and help design a feasible turbine for use in slower waters.

USW and Cardiff University will take the lead on numerical modelling, while the universities of Southampton and Strathclyde will focus on blade and turbine design.

The project has received a grant from the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, which funds research in engineering and the physical sciences.

USW head of the school of engineering and project lead Daphne O’Doherty (pictured) said: “The majority of current industry research is focused on fast-flowing waters with a large rise and fall in the tides.

“This project will look at whether a slower tidal flow – under two metres per second – can offer conditions suitable for energy generation.”

Image: University of South Wales

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