U.K. group wins grant to develop hydro turbine simulation system

Your Hydro Turbine Simulation System

A US$144,000 grant from think tank Innovate UK will be used by a group led by manufacturer Your Hydro to develop a new modeling and visualization system for hydroelectric turbines.

The collaboration also includes the Centre for Modeling and Simulation (CFMS) and computational fluid dynamic specialist WIKKI Ltd., who will work together to design what Your Hydro calls a "virtual turbine environment".

"We will use this funding to develop an in-house capability for computational fluid dynamics, obtain access to high-performance computing and utilize the ability to assess the feasibility of a proposed hydroelectric site," Your Hydro design engineer Edis Loveless said. "It also means that we as a company can expand into the European and overseas markets, whilst looking to grow the engineering team."

The hydropower sector traditionally relies on methods not well-equipped to provide solutions to projects with the low to moderate pressure levels found in much of the United Kingdom, according to the developers. Based on simulation developed for the aerospace industry, the turbine environment system will also allow for the introduction of ancillary devices into the simulation.

"It is an exciting project that is driven by our desire as a group to develop U.K. engineering talent," Your Hydro chief finance officer Andrew Walsh said. "This will enable us to deliver business growth and help deploy the most efficient clean energy generation capacity in the U.K., and ultimately into overseas markets."

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