Analysis of Hybrid Offshore Floating Wind and Marine Power

University essay from Högskolan i Halmstad/Akademin för ekonomi, teknik och naturvetenskap

Author: Sai Varun Kollappillai Murugan; [2018]

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Abstract: Wind energy is a major part of renewable energy production. With fossil fuel depletion and climate change at the cusp, it is an absolute need to implement or evolve the current source or utilization of renewable energy. The wind has been dominating the onshore for many decades and offshore wind turbines are available at shallow depths.  To extract more wind energy source deep sea location is recommended. Also, in deep seas, ocean current energy is utilized very sparsely compared to the dominating wind and solar energy. So far no hybrid offshore horizontal axis and ocean current system are in existence. Based on the depth of the sea water the offshore floating structure is classified. Usually, for any floating structure stability is an apprehension. In an offshore floating structure, the damping with respect to the thrust force exerted on the wind turbine will affect the life of the wind turbine. During high wind speed, the angle of inclination would go up to about 4 degrees. The time required for the floating structure to come to rest may also be high. We present an analysis based on an existing floating structure which is a ballast stabilized the floating structure. In this paper, we add an additional submerged turbine and do a 2D analysis on the floating structure to find out whether the structure’s oscillation is well damped or not. We also discuss whether the weight of the submerged will influence the stability or by changing the radius of blades of the submerged turbine will affect the damping.

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