Modelling energy extraction in tidal flows

Susana Baston, Simon Mark Waldman, Jonathan Charles Side

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Using hydrodynamic modelling to predict the environmental effects of energy extraction is of crucial importance for tidal energy development. This document explores the state of the art in how tidal energy extraction is represented in such models, and specifically examines the implementation of tidal turbines in the Delft3D (4.0 version) and MIKE 3 (2012 version) software. For that purpose, an assumption of horizontal axis rotating turbines to represent Tidal Energy Convertors (TECs) is made.

The TeraWatt project uses regional-scale shallow water models, able to simulate wide areas for lengthy periods of time with an achievable computational effort. This allows the consideration of far field effects, which may be important for understanding the environmental impacts of marine renewables.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTeraWatt position paper
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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