Tidal stream turbines are exploited in regions of high tidal currents. Such energy extraction will alter the regional hydrodynamics, analogous to increasing the bed friction in the region of extraction. In addition, this study demonstrates that energy extracted with respect to tidal asymmetries due to interactions between quarter (M4) and semi-diurnal (M2) currents will have important implications for large-scale sediment dynamics. Model simulations show that energy extracted from regions of strong tidal asymmetry will have a much more pronounced effect on sediment dynamics than energy extracted from regions of tidal symmetry. This has practical application to many areas surrounding the UK, including the Irish Sea and the Bristol Channel, that exhibit strong tidal currents suitable for exploitation of the tidal stream resource, but where large variations in tidal asymmetry occur.
Impact of Tidal Energy Arrays Located in Regions of Tidal Asymmetry
Title: Impact of Tidal Energy Arrays Located in Regions of Tidal Asymmetry
March 19, 2013
Workshop Name: 2nd Oxford Tidal Energy Workshop
Workshop Location: Oxford, UK
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Neill, S. (2013). Impact of Tidal Energy Arrays Located in Regions of Tidal Asymmetry. 2nd Oxford Tidal Energy Workshop, Oxford, UK.