🎉We can now proudly present the winners of the TAPAS Community Challenge 2018! 🎉
Congratulations to Team "Wireless Charging" (idea 56). We are really excited for all finalists and a really big thank you to all participants for your interest in this challenge!

We got over 200 submissions! 65 ideas got one or more TAPAS boards, 10 submissions were presentation-ready.
And now we have 5 finalists! YEAH 😃 The finalist's idea numbers were 40, 56, 68, 212 and 213.
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Small Scale Hydroelectric Energy Generation: TAPAS as static frequency converter

My idea is to develop an application utilizing the TAPAS software defined inverter as a method of generating small scale domestic AC electricity by hydroelectric power for use by consumers where electrical grid connections are challenging or impossible.

Deploying small hydroelectric turbines combined in an array, scalable dependent on the power demands of the local consumers, the TAPAS would provide a static frequency converter function as a method by which the hydroelectric energy can be converted to a usable 240V 50Hz domestic supply from the complex frequency array of of input voltages.

To support the idea of this being deployed in remote locations, the TAPAS would serve a second function as a trickle feed to the 48V battery supply for longevity.

This prototype design would require 1 TAPAS board and DC PSU, with the a test rig incorporating 2-3 small turbines to demonstrate the concept.

I am working alone on this concept; my background is electrical and electronic engineering, and I am currently working as a Project Engineer (Signalling Systems) on large scale infrastructure projects.

  • Andrew Clapham
  • May 30 2018
  • Jun 4, 2018

    Admin Response

    this idea will get one TAPAS dev kit

  • Arun Ashok commented
    May 30, 2018 09:19

    Hi Andrew,

    Please give us detailed technical specifications(schematics),  implementation plan and how you plan to use the TAPAS board in your project.

    Best Regards,

    Arun @Tapas team

  • Admin
    Nora Schille (TAPAS team) commented
    June 04, 2018 09:55

    Hey Andrew,

    thanks for your additional feedback.
    We want to provide you a TAPAS board.
    One of my colleagues will message you shortly.

    Nora @ TAPAS team

  • Admin
    Nora Schille (TAPAS team) commented
    June 04, 2018 14:46

    and something else...

    Here is just a friendly reminder that submission deadline for your presentation is on 24th of June.
    We are really excited to see your progress! 
    Please post the progress within your idea board submission.
    PS: We want to do a community call with you! Please use our doodle to find a date which fits best for you. :-)

    Nora @ TAPAS Team

  • Jacqueline Hofmann commented
    June 20, 2018 13:09

    Hey Andrew,

    Please keep in mind that the submission deadline for your presentation is on 24th of June! We are already looking forward to seeing how you brought the TAPAS board to life! :-) Remember that you still have time to work on the implementation of your idea after the submission!

    Please upload your presentation and everything you want to share with us in your idea board entry.

    Good luck :-)

    Jacqueline @ TAPAS Team

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