POWER GENERATION FROM OCEAN CURRENTS

There is considerable energy available from ocean currents. The velocity of these is generally low and it varies with location, the seasons, and with depth from the ocean surface. It is possible to use this energy for power generation and an analysis is presented reviewing various types of water turbines, including Water Wheels, Kaplan Turbines, Propeller Turbines and Vertical Axis Machines. The analysis evaluates the effects of velocity gradients and the machines best suited for this application. Due to the low energy flux, the machinery will get relatively large and is of slow speed. However, since substantial amounts of energy are available, such water turbines may become of interest in specific locations where such units can be built close to the source of energy demand.

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    • One of 24 papers contained in the April 1975 issue of the ASNE Journal available at $5.00 from ASNE. Reprints of single articles $1.50 for members and $2.00 for non-members.
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    American Society of Naval Engineers

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  • Authors:
    • Sheets, H E
  • Publication Date: 1975-4

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  • Accession Number: 00084526
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: American Society of Naval Engineers
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 1 1975 12:00AM