South Korea has huge renewable energy potential that has been to some extent and can be further extracted to reduce its heavy reliance on fossil fuels. This project focuses on ocean and coastal wind resources available in the south-western regions of Korea that are currently being monitored and found to have huge potential. The project will propose a new concept of wind, tidal current and wave energy converting systems combined together that can boost output power capacity at a single location also making it easier for grid connection. Wind turbines nowadays have been quite efficiently developed and implemented throughout the world both onshore and offshore. However, tidal current and wave energy have yet more room for improvement. The current study will combine the offshore wind turbine (HAWT) system with two tidal current turbines (HATCT) both in horizontal axis classification on a single tower. It will further discuss on adding a wave energy converter in between the wind and tidal current turbines. Optimization of the tower is also a minor part of this study. The structural analysis of the main tower, which is the main focus of the study, is investigated by dynamic response analysis to check its feasibility for combining the three types of renewable energy converters on one support. Actual extreme conditions of the wind, ocean currents and waves are simulated using ANSYS CFX fluid flow analysis. The results are used for conducting a one way FSI analysis assuming a rigid structure to verify the safety of the system.
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Patrick Mark Singh received his B.E.Tech. degree from The University of the South Pacific and his M.S. degree from Mokpo National University, Korea. He is currently a doctorate candidate in the Graduate School, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Mokpo National University. His research interest includes fluid machinery and new & renewable energy.
Zhenmu Chen received his B.E. degree from Wenzhou University, China, and his M.S. degree from Mokpo National University, Korea. He is currently a doctorate candidate in the Graduate School, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Mokpo National University. His research interest includes fluid machinery and new & renewable energy.
Young-Do Choi received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Korea Maritime University, and his Dr. Eng. from Yokohama National University, Japan. Since 2009, he has been a Professor at Department of Mechanical Engineering of Mokpo National University, Korea. His research interests include fluid machinery and new & renewable energies, such as ocean energy, wind power, hydro power.
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Singh, P.M., Chen, Z. & Choi, YD. Numerical analysis for a proposed hybrid system with single HAWT, double HATCT and vertical oscillating wave energy converters on a single tower. J Mech Sci Technol 30, 4609–4619 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12206-016-0932-9