Evopod tidal unit awaits Portugal redeployment

first_imgThe Marine Offshore Renewable Energy (MORE) team from the University of Algarve plans to redeploy the scaled Evopod tidal unit off Portugal in mid-September 2017.The team from the University’s Centre for Marine and Environmental Research (CIMA) retrieved the 1:10 scale Evopod unit late in August for maintenance, after having been deployed at Ria Formosa, a coastal lagoon in the south of Portugal, for one month.The deployment is part of the SCORE project whose goal is to examine the behavior of small-scale tidal current turbine in a shallow-water estuarine environment.As reported earlier, the turbine hit the waters of Portugal early in June 2017, after which it was retrieved for battery replacement and electronics waterproof sealing.As the delivery of the new load cells required additional time, the team redeployed the unit in mid-July to gather data on turbine performance and tension forces in the mooring lines, the CIMA-MORE team informed.André Pacheco, one of the members of the MORE team, said: “We are waiting the arrival of four load cells for each of the mooring lines and to replace the battery, since the one existent failed to charge through the solar panels during the low flow on neap tides. We will now incorporate an extra solar panel and a battery with extra amperage capacity. The redeployment is scheduled for the middle of September.“Meanwhile, we were able to collect performance data for an entire month as well as noise levels that will be now compared with the baseline study.”Pacheco added that the marine biologist team is proceeding with the analyses of the seabed and the interaction of the turbine with the wildlife using collected ROV footage.The SCORE project will consider both the impacts of the turbine on its environment and the effects of the flow conditions on the turbine. The insights from the project will be collected in a socio-economic report, which is expected to offer guidelines for tidal energy converter implementation projects on similar coastal lagoons and estuarine systems worldwide.To remind, the scaled Evopod E1 unit was leased by the University of Algarve from the UK-based tidal energy developer Oceanflow Energy.last_img read more

Syracuse splits Friday doubleheader

first_imgWithout Syracuse’s star pitcher Alexa Romero (hand), Sophie Dandola starred against Illinois State, but the rest of the staff struggled to contain Florida A&M at the Bubly Invitational. Syracuse (3-7) picked up its third win of the season with a 5-3 victory over Illinois State (1-11), but fell 10-2 to Florida A&M (1-5) on Friday in Gainesville, FL. The 10-2 result gave the Rattlers their first win of the season. In the third inning against Illinois State, Alicia Hansen’s sacrifice bunt scored Gabby Teran from third. Small ball was a common theme throughout the day, as Syracuse tried to manufacture runs in unconventional ways as its bats were still heating up.Hansen’s bunt made it 1-0, and though Illinois State tied it in the fourth, the Orange regained the lead with a Toni Martin RBI bunt in the top of the fifth. Martin later scored in the inning off a Teran single up the middle, and Bryce Holmgren added an RBI single to go up 4-1. In the end, Syracuse held off a late rally and prevailed, 5-3. Dandola, who has been Syracuse’s most reliable pitcher thus far, threw all seven innings and allowed two earned runs. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTo start the second game, pitchers Logan Paul and Peyton Schnackenberg each allowed two earned runs. In the 4-0 hole, Hannah Dossett and Neli Casares-Maher both doubled and scored in the second inning. Dossett and Casares-Maher represented the Orange’s lone runs in the second game. Sophomore Miranda Hearn relieved Paul and had difficulty locating her pitches. She walked five batters and hit another in two innings of work. A&M scored six runs in the fifth inning to activate the mercy rule. Syracuse remains in Gainesville for the rest of the weekend and will play another doubleheader — against No. 3 Florida and Florida A&M again — tomorrow. Comments Published on February 22, 2019 at 5:26 pm Contact Danny: [email protected] | @DannyEmermancenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more