Condition Monitoring Philosophy for Tidal Turbines
Volume 10, Number 5, July 2014, Paper 8, pp 521-534
FARIS ELASHA, DAVID MBA, JOAO AMARAL TEIXEIRACranfield University, School of Engineering, Bedford, MK43 0AL, UK
(Received on November 30, 2013, revised on May 19, 2014)
Renewable energy is currently considered as the main solution to reduce greenhouse gas emission. This has led to great developments in the use of renewable energy for electricity generation. Among many renewable energy resources, tidal energy has the advantage of being predictable, particularly when compared to wind energy. Currently the UK is the world leader in extracting energy from the tide; an estimation shows a potential of 67 TWh per year. In order to ensure safe operation and prolonged life for tidal turbines, condition monitoring is essential. The technology for power generation using tidal turbines is new therefore the condition monitoring concept for these devices is yet to be established. Also, there is a lack of understanding of techniques suitable for health monitoring of the turbine components and support structure given their unique operating environment.
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