Design and preliminary testing of a novel concept low depth hydropower device

Richard Van Arkel*, Laurence Owen, Stuart Allison, Theo Tryfonas, Alexei Winter, Richard Entwistle, Eamonn Keane, Jonathan Parr

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This paper introduces a new type of kinetic hydropower generator, ideally suited to relatively small shallow rivers and channels. The design utilizes rectangular hydroplanes (sails) moving around the device. The device extracts energy from a flow of water using an elongated vertical axis turbine, where a series of sails are mounted between two belts at the top and bottom of the device, rotating in the horizontal plane.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOCEANS'11 - MTS/IEEE Kona, Program Book
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventMTS/IEEE Kona Conference, OCEANS'11 - Kona, HI, United States
Duration: 19 Sep 201122 Sep 2011


ConferenceMTS/IEEE Kona Conference, OCEANS'11
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityKona, HI


  • Hydropower
  • low depth
  • pico-hydro
  • river
  • tidal


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