The Hanna Wave Energy Turbine Generator
US Patent 8,358,026
To the reader:
This Introduction provides an overview of my invention: a special marine turbine that always spins in one continuous direction even when subjected to bi-directional air or tidal flows. The Hanna wave energy turbine is an uncomplicated device. The technology is straightforward; it's all about moving air and directing it in creative ways to do useful work. The only moving parts are the two rotors. Simplicity of design is an absolute necessity for an ocean-based device to be successful and cost-efficient. My turbine is designed for long-term survivability. It is robust and will last for decades with minimal maintenance. No wave energy turbine components are immersed in sea water. There are one-way bearings sealed within the hubs of each rotor. These are affordable, off-the-shelf bearings. They are the same precision, heavy-duty bearings commonly used in tanks and tractors.
Engineering studies have been completed at three universities. The first study at Oregon State University (OSU) validated the Hanna design as a self-rectifying turbine using bi-directional air flows. Another study in France, compared the Hanna Turbine with the Wells and Impulse Turbines using two advanced predictive methodologies: numerical modelling and CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics). In this study, the Hanna design showed better efficiency metrics than the Wells and Impulse Turbines. Read the Technical Report by Theo Delacour below.
The third study was done at the Dubai campus of Heriot-Watt University, Scotland's oldest institution of higher learning. This CFD study also showed favorable performance over existing self-rectifying wave energy turbines in today's global market. Read the Master's Dissertation by Joe Ninan Sunil below.
The reader is encouraged to do a diligent review of existing wave energy turbines such as the pioneering but inefficient Wells Turbine. Your own informed comparison can then be made. Upon carefully reading the following material, you will understand that this design is the most versatile and adaptive of all existing wave energy converters. The device is not only a wave energy turbine; it can also be used as a bi-directional tidal turbine!
To assure the advancement of this useful technology, I am seeking to engage with potential equity partners and long-term investors.
John Clark Hanna
About J. C. Hanna: Click HERE
OVERVIEW: To improve the effectiveness of wave energy harvesting and double the electrical output of existing wave energy conversion devices, the technology needs a more efficient air turbine: The Hanna Turbine offers a powerful unidirectional turbine designed to operate seamlessly in the bi-directional air flow environment common to all Oscillating Water/Air Column systems.
Wave Energy Conversion (WEC) is an emerging technology sector that harvests energy from ocean waves. One sub-class of WEC technology uses special turbines to generate electricity. Although there are different turbine designs in development, they all share a common challenge: Oscillating Water Column (
Four types of OWC turbine designs include: (1) Impulse turbines which show promising efficiency coefficients and are relatively inexpensive to manufacture. Research from 2009 (V. Jayashankar, M. Takao, T. Setoguchi, et al.) favors a twin impulse turbine topology. Another biradial impulse turbine has been described by Luis Gato and Antonio Falcao with the Instituto Superior Tecnico, Portugal. Currently, Oceantec Energy, S.L. and Tecnalia is testing this design called MARMOK A-5, at the Bimep ocean test site near Armintza, Spain; (2) Variable pitch axial turbines like the Denniss-Auld Turbine which rely on complex movable blades to adapt to the reversing flow every cycle; (3) the pioneering Wells Turbine. While the Wells Turbine does spin in one direction, it is inefficient and has numerous weaknesses: it stalls easily, has issues with low-speed operation, has a small operating window, and is difficult to self-start under many conditions, and (4) the Hanna Turbine, a unique dual rotor, mixed flow impulse and reaction type turbine that has both axial and radial vanes for maximum efficiency.
Despite the shortcomings of the Wells Turbine, wave energy developers such as AWS, Ocean Energy and the former Wavegen have been staying with the Wells to avoid cost and complexity issues associated with the variable pitch turbines as used by Australia's Oceanlinx. As a result, a great deal of technology development has gone into attempting to enhance and improve the operation of the Wells, including a large body of work from Japan and India. The Dresser-Rand corporation has teamed up with Siemens to develop a Wells Turbine connected to a large, unwieldy bowl-shaped inlet to take advantage of Bernoulli's principle. While it is conceivable that continued investment into Wells refinement might garner a modest improvement in efficiency and operating window, alternatives to the Wells Turbine are needed to advance OWC technologies into the global market.
COMPARING THE WELLS AND HANNA TURBINES
HANNA TURBINE VERSUS WELLS TURBINE
1. Dual rotor Single or dual rotor
2. Low speed operation High speed operation
4. Asymmetrical airfoils for increased lift Symmetrical airfoils for poor lift
5. Low angle of attack for more lift and less stalling High angle, poor lift and stalls easily
6. Better self-starting Poor self starting
7. Wider operating range Narrow operating range
8. Less damping (resistance) to air flows Greater resistance to air flows
9. More versatile with three configurations One configuration
10. Two generators placed in dry environment... One generator in wet environment
OR two annular, ring-type generators built into rotors
11. Low noise due to diffuser rings and low speed operation Very noisy, blade tip vortices
12. Impulse and Reaction Turbine (Axial and Radial blades in each rotor) Impulse type turbine
13. Wave OR tidal energy conversion Wave energy conversion ONLY
Proof of concept evaluations have been successfully completed. The Hanna Turbine (HT) is an uncomplicated design with only two moving parts. It offers long-term survivability for decades of low maintenance service. The unique dual rotor configuration can drive two generators, effectively doubling electrical output. The HT is essentially two distinct axial turbines that will extract more energy from a given flow direction of the
The Hanna Turbine was conceived to develop a self-rectifying turbine that overcomes the shortfalls found in the 30 year old Wells Turbine design. It will be a less expensive alternative to shore-based
The patented Hanna Turbine promises to exceed the power production and performance metrics of all other turbines. Three utility-grade turbine models will be offered as complete, grid-ready packages. The civil engineering, permitting and construction will be done by the utility, government agency or developer that has acquired a Hanna Turbine system. Construction plans will use a pre-determined anchor bolt pattern so the Hanna Turbine can simply bolt into place. The client/owner will be purchasing a turnkey, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) package that includes everything needed to make clean, renewable energy for decades. As envisioned, the WETGEN business model aims to become a leader in the manufactured turbine supply chain rather than as a wave energy developer.
To underscore the remarkable versatility of the Hanna Turbine, the design can also be easily modified to function as a TIDAL turbine. The submerged rotors react to the tidal flow so one rotor will be in the "drive" mode whilst the other is in the "freewheel" mode. As the tidal flow reverses, so does the modality of the turbine's rotor set. Regardless if the tide is going in or out, the two generators will produce electricity at all times. This adaptability and versatility is truly a paradigm shift for marine energy. The ability to be used as a wave energy converter or as a tidal energy converter, sets the Hanna design far and above all other marine hydro kinetic technologies!
The images below show a fractional-sized bent duct version of the Hanna Turbine. The sketch at the lower right shows the "inline" version of the turbine.
There are other patented and proprietary Hanna Designs:
1) A mechanical direct-drive wave energy converter for shore-based, surface and subsurface Power Buoys. Click HERE for details.
2) A small deep ocean autonomous buoy for research and data gathering. Click HERE for details.