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Title: Electrical Power Conversion of a River and Tidal Power Generator: Preprint

Abstract

As renewable generation has become less expensive during recent decades, and it becomes more accepted by the global population, the focus on renewable generation has expanded to include new types with promising future applications, such as river and tidal generation. Although the utilization of power electronics and electric machines in industry is phenomenal, the emphasis on system design is different for various sectors of industry. In precision control, robotics, and weaponry, the design emphasis is on accuracy and reliability with less concern for the cost of the final product. In energy generation, the cost of energy is the prime concern; thus, capital expenditures (CAPEX) and operations and maintenance expenditures (OPEX) are the major design objectives. This paper describes the electrical power conversion aspects of river and tidal generation. Although modern power converter control is available to control the generation side, the design was chosen on the bases of minimizing the CAPEX and OPEX; thus, the architecture is simple and modular for ease of replacement and maintenance. The power conversion is simplified by considering a simple diode bridge and a DC-DC power converter to take advantage of abundant and low-cost photovoltaic inverters that have well-proven grid integration characteristics (i.e., the capabilitymore » to produce energy with good power quality and control real power and voltage on the grid side).« less

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Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
OSTI Identifier:
1325066
Report Number(s):
NREL/CP-5D00-66866
DOE Contract Number:
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: To be presented at the 2016 IEEE North American Power Symposium, 18-20 September 2016, Denver, Colorado
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
16 TIDAL AND WAVE POWER; ocean power; marine; hydrokinetic; tidal; river; renewable; water power; variable generation; distributed generation

Citation Formats

Muljadi, Eduard, Gevorgian, Vahan, Wright, Alan, Donegan, James, Marnagh, Cian, and McEntee, Jarlath. Electrical Power Conversion of a River and Tidal Power Generator: Preprint. United States: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.1109/NAPS.2016.7747916.
Muljadi, Eduard, Gevorgian, Vahan, Wright, Alan, Donegan, James, Marnagh, Cian, & McEntee, Jarlath. Electrical Power Conversion of a River and Tidal Power Generator: Preprint. United States. doi:10.1109/NAPS.2016.7747916.
Muljadi, Eduard, Gevorgian, Vahan, Wright, Alan, Donegan, James, Marnagh, Cian, and McEntee, Jarlath. 2016. "Electrical Power Conversion of a River and Tidal Power Generator: Preprint". United States. doi:10.1109/NAPS.2016.7747916. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1325066.
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title = {Electrical Power Conversion of a River and Tidal Power Generator: Preprint},
author = {Muljadi, Eduard and Gevorgian, Vahan and Wright, Alan and Donegan, James and Marnagh, Cian and McEntee, Jarlath},
abstractNote = {As renewable generation has become less expensive during recent decades, and it becomes more accepted by the global population, the focus on renewable generation has expanded to include new types with promising future applications, such as river and tidal generation. Although the utilization of power electronics and electric machines in industry is phenomenal, the emphasis on system design is different for various sectors of industry. In precision control, robotics, and weaponry, the design emphasis is on accuracy and reliability with less concern for the cost of the final product. In energy generation, the cost of energy is the prime concern; thus, capital expenditures (CAPEX) and operations and maintenance expenditures (OPEX) are the major design objectives. This paper describes the electrical power conversion aspects of river and tidal generation. Although modern power converter control is available to control the generation side, the design was chosen on the bases of minimizing the CAPEX and OPEX; thus, the architecture is simple and modular for ease of replacement and maintenance. The power conversion is simplified by considering a simple diode bridge and a DC-DC power converter to take advantage of abundant and low-cost photovoltaic inverters that have well-proven grid integration characteristics (i.e., the capability to produce energy with good power quality and control real power and voltage on the grid side).},
doi = {10.1109/NAPS.2016.7747916},
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  • As renewable generation has become less expensive during recent decades, and it becomes more accepted by the global population, the focus on renewable generation has expanded to include new types with promising future applications, such as river and tidal generation. Although the utilization of power electronics and electric machines in industry is phenomenal, the emphasis on system design is different for various sectors of industry. In precision control, robotics, and weaponry, the design emphasis is on accuracy and reliability with less concern for the cost of the final product. In energy generation, the cost of energy is the prime concern;more » thus, capital expenditures (CAPEX) and operations and maintenance expenditures (OPEX) are the major design objectives. This paper describes the electrical power conversion aspects of river and tidal generation. Although modern power converter control is available to control the generation side, the design was chosen on the bases of minimizing the CAPEX and OPEX; thus, the architecture is simple and modular for ease of replacement and maintenance. The power conversion is simplified by considering a simple diode bridge and a DC-DC power converter to take advantage of abundant and low-cost photovoltaic inverters that have well-proven grid integration characteristics (i.e., the capability to produce energy with good power quality and control real power and voltage on the grid side).« less
  • As renewable generation has become less expensive during recent decades, and it becomes more accepted by the global population, the focus on renewable generation has expanded to include new types with promising future applications, such as river and tidal generation. The input variations to these types of resources are slower but also steadier than wind or solar generation. The level of water turbulent flow may vary from one place to another, however, the control algorithm can be adjusted to local environment. This paper describes the hydrokinetic aspects of river and tidal generation based on a river and tidal generator. Althoughmore » the information given in this paper is not that of an exact generator deployed on site, the data used is representative of a typical river or tidal generator. In this paper, the hydrokinetic and associated electrical controller of the system were not included; however, the focus of this paper is on the hydrodynamic control.« less
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