Ocean Current

Capturing oceanic currents with turbines.

Ocean Current

Strong ocean currents are generated from a combination of temperature, wind, salinity, bathymetry, and the rotation of the earth. The sun acts as the primary driving force, causing winds and temperature differences. Because there are only small fluctuations in current speed and stream location with no changes in direction, ocean currents may be suitable locations for deploying energy extraction devices such as turbines.

Ocean currents are instrumental in determining the climate in many regions around the world. While little is known about the effects of removing ocean current energy, the impacts of removing current energy on the farfield environment may be a significant environmental concern. The typical turbine issues with blade strike, entanglement of marine organisms, and acoustic effects still exists; however, these may be magnified due to the presence of more diverse populations of marine organisms using ocean currents for migration purposes. Locations can be further offshore and therefore require longer power cables that could affect the marine environment with electromagnetic output.

Total Results: 15
Title Author Research Start Datesort ascending Type of Content Technology Type Stressor Receptor
National Geodatabase of Ocean Current Power Resource in USA Yang, X., et al. April 2015 Journal Article Ocean Current
RiCORE Project Gray D., et al. January 2015 Research Study Annex IV Wave, Ocean Current, Tidal
Discrete Element Modeling of Blade-Strike Frequency and Survival of Fish Passing Through Hydrokinetic Turbines Romero-Gomez, P., Richmond, M. April 2014 Conference Paper Ocean Current, Tidal Dynamic Device Fish
Modeling Impacts of Energy Extraction from the Gulf Stream System Haas, K., Yang, X., Fritz, H. April 2014 Conference Paper Ocean Current Energy Removal
Evaluation of Survival and Behavior of Fish Exposed to an Axial-Flow Hydrokinetic Turbine Amaral, S., Giza, D., McMahon, B. January 2014 Report In-Stream, Ocean Current, Tidal Dynamic Device Fish
Will Ocean Energy Harm Marine Ecosystems? Hammar L. January 2013 Research Study Annex IV Wave, Ocean Current, Tidal Dynamic Device, EMF, Energy Removal, Noise, Static Device Birds, Farfield Environment, Fish, Benthic Invertebrates, Marine Mammals, Nearfield Habitat, Sea Turtles
Modelling South African Agulhas Marine Current Profile Data for Electricity Generation Williams, A., Nthontho, M., Chowdhury, S. November 2012 Conference Paper Ocean Current, Offshore Wind Energy Removal
Quantifying benefits and impacts of fishing exclusion zones on bio-resources (QBEX) Blondel P., et al. January 2012 Research Study Annex IV Wave, Ocean Current, Tidal Static Device Fish, Benthic Invertebrates, Marine Mammals
The Florida Current: A Clean but Challenging Energy Resource Hanson, H., Bozek, A., Duerr, A. January 2011 Journal Article Ocean Current
Power Availability in the Florida Current and Impact of its Extraction on the Gulf Stream Bozec, A., Hanson, H., Duerr, A. December 2010 Presentation Ocean Current Energy Removal Farfield Environment
Ocean Current Turbine Rotor Noise Glegg S. August 2010 Research Study Annex IV Ocean Current Noise
MRE Extraction and Gulf Stream Dynamics Hanson H., Chassignet E., Bosec A. July 2009 Research Study Annex IV Ocean Current Energy Removal, Static Device
Underwater Noise Assessment in the Messina Strait - Italy Nauta-rcs, CIBRA October 2007 Report Ocean Current Noise
Guide to the OCS Alternative Energy Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Minerals Management Service October 2007 Report Wave, Ocean Current, Offshore Wind
Simulated Electrical Power Potential Harnessed By Marine Current Turbine Arrays In The Alderney Race Myers, L., Bahaj, A. September 2005 Journal Article Ocean Current
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