By National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life Studies, Ocean Studies Board, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Board on Energy and Environmental Systems, Marine and Hydrokinetic Energy Technology Assessment Committee

ISBN-10: 0309269997

ISBN-13: 9780309269995

Expanding renewable strength improvement, either in the usa and in a foreign country, has rekindled curiosity within the strength for marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) assets to give a contribution to electrical energy iteration. those assets derive from ocean tides, waves, and currents; temperature gradients within the ocean; and free-flowing rivers and streams. One degree of the curiosity within the attainable use of those assets for electrical energy new release is the expanding variety of allows which were filed with the Federal strength Regulatory fee (FERC). As of December 2012, FERC had issued four licenses and eighty four initial allows, up from nearly 0 a decade in the past. even if, each one of these allows are for advancements alongside the Mississippi River, and the particular profit learned from all MHK assets is intensely small. the 1st U.S. advertisement gridconnected venture, a tidal undertaking in Maine with a skill of under 1 megawatt (MW), is at the moment supplying a fragment of that energy to the grid and is because of be absolutely put in in 2013.

As a part of its evaluation of MHK assets, DOE requested the nationwide study Council (NRC) to supply precise reviews. In reaction, the NRC shaped the Committee on Marine Hydrokinetic power know-how evaluation. As directed in its assertion of job (SOT), the committee first constructed an meantime document, published in June 2011, which desirous about the wave and tidal source checks (Appendix B). the present record includes the committee's assessment of all 5 of the DOE source different types in addition to the committee's reviews at the total MHK source overview strategy. This precis specializes in the committee's overarching findings and conclusions concerning a conceptual framework for constructing the source exams, the aggregation of effects right into a unmarried quantity, and the consistency throughout and coordination among the person source exams. reviews of the person source evaluate, additional dialogue of the sensible MHK source base, and overarching conclusions and proposals are defined in An assessment of the U.S. division of Energy's Marine and Hydrokinetic source Assessment.

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Using a 51month time series instead of 20 years significantly increases the range of the 95 percent confidence interval, although it could still be quantified. 5 As a result, the cumulative probability distribution curves might be less accurate for large waves. It is unclear how this affects the results, but an accurate evaluation of the confidence interval for extreme events will be needed to assess device survivability. Scalar Power Density A further concern related to the theoretical resource assessment is the use of the unit-circle approach.

Coastal waters. To estimate the theoretical wave resource, the assessment group utilized a hindcast of wave conditions that was assembled by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) National Center for Environmental Prediction using WAVEWATCH III, a state-of-the-art global wave generation and propagation model. Although the model was recently expanded to 3-1 Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved. S. Department of Energy's Marine and Hydrokinetic Resource Assessments Prepublication Draft – Subject to Further Editorial Correction introduce physical processes specific to intermediate and shallow water (dispersion and refraction), the version available at the time of the assessment was the deep water version, restricting its validity in intermediate and shallow water.

S. Department of Energy's Marine and Hydrokinetic Resource Assessments Prepublication Draft – Subject to Further Editorial Correction is generally limited to regions with a large tidal differential. As reviewed by Garrett and Cummins (2008), this formula for Pmax is also a reasonable approximation for the power available from a tidal fence across a channel that connects two large systems in which the tides are not significantly affected. In this case, a is the amplitude of the sinusoidal difference in tidal elevation between the two systems.

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