Hidden power potential using oscillating devices involves getting these devices in sync with the natural flow of water, a concept called “lock-in conditions,” which makes them super efficient at capturing energy. To make it work, we need to carefully choose the speed of the water flow that the devices can tune into, ensuring we get the most energy possible.
In collaboration with utility operators Edison, Vattenfall, Acque Veronesi, ISZU, and OR, UPC identified 28 piping and open channel/stream buildings, analyzing over 20 datasets. This comprehensive approach considered the operators’ business interests and concerns, along with the flow velocity at the specific sites.
The selection of the flow velocity is crucial to efficiently extract large amounts of energy from the fluid through the energy harvesting system and will be key in the design of the harvester.