Future of wave hub is secured
The offshore marine energy project in Cornwall, which allows developers to test new wave energy technology, will be taken on by the Government to secure its future as a vital part of the UK's green energy sources. Read more
PRIMaRE Autumn Newsletter
Our Autumn newsletter is now available to download in PDF format.
Wave Hub wins national sustainability award
Wave Hub, the offshore marine energy project in Cornwall, has been named Sustainable Project of the Year in the businessGreen Leaders Awards 2011.Read more
Underwater & Surface Electrical Systems
The variability of the energy resource is a key consideration in the design of marine electrical generation systems and output from marine energy converters has to be carefully conditioned before it can be exported.
PRIMaRE is investigating issues around grid compliance, power quality and system protection issues including fault prediction and fault tolerant operation. Solutions are also being sought to problems unique to marine renewable energy such as connections between devices and export cables, the siting of switchgear afloat or on the seabed, and power transmission losses.
Research capabilities include:
- Opal RT real time simulator, dSPACE DS 1103, PXI PC-based platform for test, measurement, and control, Power Factor Control Unit, Wind Mill Control Unit, different AC and DC machines, and measuring instruments
- MATLAB, PSpice, PSCAD, EMTP-RV, ATP, PLECS, LabView, Tecplot, ETAP, VisSim, Xilinx, and PSLF
- Electrical connection studies for marine renewable energy projects
- Investigation of connection compliance issues for marine renewable energy devices
- Investigation of system protection issues for marine renewable energy devices
- Simulation of power quality from marine renewable energy projects
- Development of power electronics systems for marine renewable energy devices