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1. (WO2018029467) BIDIRECTIONAL SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR GENERATING POWER

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/029467    International Application No.:    PCT/GB2017/052344
Publication Date: Fri Feb 16 00:59:59 CET 2018 International Filing Date: Thu Aug 10 01:59:59 CEST 2017
IPC: F03B 13/10
F03B 13/26
F03B 17/06
Applicants: VERDERG RENEWABLE ENERGY LIMITED
Inventors: ROBERTS, Peter
KETTLE, Robert
Title: BIDIRECTIONAL SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR GENERATING POWER
Abstract:
An apparatus for use in generating electricity from a bidirectional water flow, such as tidal flow is described. The apparatus comprises: a base structure; a primary flow pipe defining a first flow passage through the base structure; a secondary flow pipe defining a second flow passage through the base structure. The primary flow pipe comprises: a convergent section; a mixing chamber, the convergent section being connected to a first end of the mixing chamber to define a venturi therebetween; and a diffuser section connected to a second end of the mixing chamber. The apparatus further comprises an opening in the secondary flow pipe arranged to provide fluidic communication between the second flow passage and the mixing chamber; a turbine connectable to a generator and arranged to be rotated by water flow from the second flow passage; and, a control mechanism for directing the water flow from the second flow passage through the opening into the mixing chamber, where water flowing from a first direction flows into the mixing chamber from one end of the base structure and water flowing from a second direction flows into the mixing chamber from the opposite end of the base structure.