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Marine Radar Derived Current Vector Mapping at a Planned Commercial Tidal Stream Turbine Array in the Pentland Firth. Poster presented at: International Conference on Ocean Energy, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, 4-6 Nov 2014

Bell, Paul S ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4673-4822; McCann, David L ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4428-700X. 2014 Marine Radar Derived Current Vector Mapping at a Planned Commercial Tidal Stream Turbine Array in the Pentland Firth. Poster presented at: International Conference on Ocean Energy, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, 4-6 Nov 2014. [Poster] In: International Conference on Ocean Energy, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, 4-6 Nov 2014. (Unpublished)

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Abstract/Summary

The first small grid-connected arrays of tidal stream turbines are expected to be deployed in UK waters over the next few years, with MeyGen beginning installation operations in late 2014, and planning electricity generation by 2016. Understanding the high spatial and temporal variability of currents exhibited at such sites is of critical importance in determining turbine locations in terms of optimising predicted energy generation and device longevity. A marine radar was deployed on a remote clifftop overlooking a 4.8km radius area of the Inner Sound of Stroma in the Pentland Firth, Scotland, for 3 months during spring 2013. The area viewed by the radar includes the Crown Estate lease areas for Meygen Ltd (Inner Sound of Stroma) and Scottish Power Renewables (Ness of Duncansby). Data were post processed to extract current vector maps based on determining the Doppler shift of sea surface waves by the tidal current. This same analysis is now running operationally at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) Fall of Warness Tidal Test Site producing current vector maps when there is sufficent sea clutter present.

Item Type: Publication - Conference Item (Poster)
Programmes: NOC Programmes > Marine Physics and Ocean Climate
NOC Programmes > Marine Renewables: Knowledge Exchange Programme
NORA Subject Terms: Electronics, Engineering and Technology
Marine Sciences
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Date made live: 14 Nov 2014 10:12 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/508774

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