Wing-In-Ground Effect Oscillating Foil Turbine: From Concept to Innovation

Pengfei Liu


Oscillating foil, wing-in-ground effect, panel method, tidal turbines, turbine innovation.


This paper presents recent turbine research and development work on renewable energy technology development and innovation at the Institute for Ocean Technology, National Research Council Canada. The advantages of the oscillating foil turbines as opposed to horizontal axis turbines are identified and discussed. A wing-in-ground effect (WIG) application for oscillating turbine is introduced and the systematic development of a novel WIG oscillating foil turbine is briefly presented with conceptual design example. In-house simulation tool development, numerical and experimental capability development and testing facilities for turbine energy research are also briefly introduced.

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