## Abstract

A renewable energy harvester using the piezoelectric effect is developed for the ocean tidal and wind flow. The harvester is made of connected driving blades to an octo-generator, which has a rotator with n blades and a stator attached by eight mass-spring-piston-cylinder-piezoelectricity devices. The resonance and force magnification are utilized to increase the power output of the harvester. A corresponding mathematical model is developed to calculate the root mean square of the generated electric power. The simulation results indicate that the generated power is largely enhanced when the near-resonant condition is established. The power increases with increases in the magnetic flux density, the large-to-small diameter ratio of the cylinder, the size of magnetic bar face, and decreases in the gap between two magnetic faces and the size of the piezoelectric bar face. A generated power of 5 kW is realized by the harvester working under an ocean tidal speed, V = 1.75 m/s, and its geometric and material properties of driving length L = 7.5 m, spring constant k_{v} = 65000 N/m, gap between the two magnets s = 0.0015 m, large to small diameter ratio of the cylinder z = 6, and magnetic flux density Br = 1.45 T.

Original language | British English |
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Pages (from-to) | 128-134 |

Number of pages | 7 |

Journal | Applied Ocean Research |

Volume | 64 |

DOIs | |

State | Published - 1 Mar 2017 |

## Keywords

- Energy harvesting
- Magnet
- Piezoelectricity
- Renewable energy
- Tidal current
- Wind flow