- 27 Mar 2020
- 12:30 - 14:00
- Westvest 7, 2611 AX Delft
Summary of research
Harnessing renewable energy is a key pillar for our society to become sustainable and more equative on our path to a clean, carbon-free economy. Hydrokinetic turbines are a promising technology in a development stage that can become an affordable, suitable solution for extracting kinetic energy from tidal flows and rivers.
Our research focuses on understanding the hydrodynamics of the wakes generated by vertical and horizontal axis turbines deployed in arrays, aiming to maximise their energy-generation capabilities and thus reduce costs. For this, we have undertaken laboratory experiments and performed high-resolution Large-Eddy Simulations (LES) which allowed to investigate the intrinsic complexities of turbulence within these flows.
About the Speaker
Dr Pablo Ouro
Lecturer in Computational Hydraulics at Hydro-environmental Research Centre, School of Engineering, Cardiff University, United Kingdom.
Pablo is a Civil Engineer graduated in 2013 from University of A Coruna, Spain. He moved to Cardiff University (UK) to pursue his PhD in Large-Eddy Simulation of Tidal Turbines in 2017. During his doctoral studies he was awarded the JFK prize at the IAHR World Congress in 2015, the Otter trophy by CIWEM-Welsh branch in 2014 and was finalist of the Osborne Reynolds competition in 2017. Thereafter, he was appointed as Research Software Engineer at Cardiff University in the Supercomputing Wales project for 18 months until beginning of 2019 when he took his current role as Lecturer in Computational Hydraulics at the Hydro-environmental Research Centre. His research areas are offshore wind/tidal energy, rough turbulent flows, micro-plastics, swimming fish behaviour, water quality in freshwater bodies, and high-performance computing.
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