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Live-stream: Venturi-Enhanced Turbine Technology
Thu 27 April 2017, 13:00 – 13:45 BST
Presented by Jennifer Gomez Molina, VerdErg Renewable Energy
A live-streamed lunchtime lecture, held at IMarEST HQ, looking at Venturi-Enhanced Turbine Technology – a hydropower innovation applying principles from Naval Architecture to develop river and tidal schemes.
As with other renewable energy technologies, low head hydropower (1-3 m driving head), aims to address the energy trilemma of reducing carbon emissions, improving the security of supply and increasing affordability. With the latter driven in part by expensive components and civil infrastructure, Venturi-Enhanced Turbine Technology (VETT) was developed to drive down the cost of energy by converting low-head-high-flow locations to high-head-low-flow characteristics by amplifying the pressure for a conventional turbine using Bernouli’s venturi principles which are also applied in eductors in warships.
The speaker will outline the basic principles of VETT and how the idea evolved from applications in naval architecture, provide an overview of the successful live fish trials and give an update on the progress on run-of-river schemes. Jennifer will present the results from the Innovate UK Energy Catalyst technical feasibility study aimed at developing VETT for tidal applications and highlight the challenges of bringing the technology to market.
About our speaker
After graduating from the University of Liverpool in Ocean and Earth Science, Jennifer interned at the Bureau of Meteorology at Brisbane before joining VerdErg Connectors (now AF Global Corporation). Following a few years working in project controlling and coordination in the subsea hardware division, Jennifer transferred to the renewable energy department to lead the environmental impact analysis. Upon completing a sabbatical to do her masters in Aquatic Science at University College London, she led the development of the fish testing programmes and environmental appraisals of prospective sites and ascertained that sustainability was inherent in the scheme designs.
Now as Project Manager at VerdErg Renewable Energy, Jennifer manages the environmental accreditation for the VETT technology, regulator licencing process for projects and is working to bring VETT into the commercial hydropower market. Jennifer is a committee member of IMarEST’s Offshore Renewables Special Interest Group and advocate of education outreach.
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