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    Implementation and evaluation of the International Electrotechnical Commission specification for tidal stream energy resource assessment: A case study

    Ramos, Victor and Ringwood, John (2016) Implementation and evaluation of the International Electrotechnical Commission specification for tidal stream energy resource assessment: A case study. Energy Conversion and Management, 127. pp. 66-79. ISSN 0196-8904

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    Over the next decades, tidal stream energy aims to become a fully commercially viable energy source. For this purpose, complete knowledge regarding tidal stream resource assessment is essential. In this context, the International Electrotechnical Commission has developed a technical standard for the assessment of the tidal stream resource, “IEC 62600-201 TS: Marine energy - Wave, tidal and other water current converters - Part 201: Tidal energy resource assessment and characterisation”, offering a vast set of recommendations in the fields of data collection, numerical modelling, data analysis and reporting of the results with the purpose of standardising tidal stream resource characterisation. The standard divides resource assessments into two different classes: feasibility and layout design. The model setup procedure (mesh resolution, boundary conditions) and the computational effort required vary significantly from one class to another. For these reasons, the objective of the present work is to explore the proposed standard using the Orkney Region (N Scotland) as a case study. Overall, it was found that the standard works well, offering a detailed characterisation of the tidal resource; however, in order to improve its manageability, some aspects related to the grid resolution requirements and the approach to model a tidal energy converter could be revisited for future editions.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This research is based upon works supported by Science Foundation of Ireland under Grant No. 12/RC/2302 for the Marine Renewable Ireland (MAREI) centre. During this work, V. Ramos was supported by the I2C postdoctoral grant ED481B 2014/059-0 (Plan Galego de Investigacion Innovacion e Crecemento 2011– 2015) of the Xunta de Galicia (Spain). Its authors are also indebted to the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) for its contribution with the ADCP data and the Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC) for its cooperation in the computational tasks.
    Keywords: Tidal stream energy; IEC-62600-201; Orkney Region; TAEP; Delft3D-Flow;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Electronic Engineering
    Item ID: 9411
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    Depositing User: Professor John Ringwood
    Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2018 14:03
    Journal or Publication Title: Energy Conversion and Management
    Publisher: Elsevier
    Refereed: Yes
    Funders: Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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