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The tidal range energy potential of the West Coast of the United Kingdom

Burrows, R.; Walkington, I.A.; Yates, N.C.; Hedges, T.S.; Wolf, J.; Holt, J.. 2009 The tidal range energy potential of the West Coast of the United Kingdom. Applied Ocean Research, 31 (4). 229-238. 10.1016/j.apor.2009.10.002

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Abstract/Summary

With concerns mounting over the UK’s energy future and the effects of climate change, it will soon become paramount that all viable sources of renewable energy are fully exploited. This study has examined the scope for reliable and fully predictable tidal electricity generation from the conjunctive operation of 5 major estuary barrages on the West Coast of the UK in an attempt to establish the potential scale of the extractable resources. Two levels of investigation have been undertaken: simple 0-D (‘two-tank’) modelling of barrage energy generation under different operational modes, using the hydraulic characteristics of turbine performance; and 2-D modelling of tidal hydrodynamics over a wide sea area in a computational grid incorporating the barrages with turbines and sluices. It has been demonstrated that more than 33TWh per year of electricity should be attainable, from 22GW of installed capacity, this representing close to 10% of present UK demand.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1016/j.apor.2009.10.002
Programmes: POL Programmes
ISSN: 01411187
NORA Subject Terms: Marine Sciences
Date made live: 20 Aug 2012 15:50
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/19308

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