Site Selection Appraisal for Tidal Turbine Development in the River Mersey
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This paper used a specialist software package to produce a detailed model of the River Mersey estuary, which can be subjected to a range of simulated tidal conditions. The aim of this research was to use the validated model to identify the optimal location for the positioning of a tidal turbine. Progress was made identifying a new optimal site for power generation using velocity data produced from simulations conducted using the MIKE 3 software. This process resulted in the identification of site 8, which sits mid-river between the Morpeth Dock and the Albert Dock, being identified as the favoured location for tidal power generation in the River Mersey. Further analysis of the site found that a 17.2-m diameter single rota multidirectional turbine with a 428-kW-rated capacity could produce 1.12 GWh annually.
KeywordsTidal power generation Tidal energy Tidal site analysis River Mersey MIKE 3
The authors would like to thank DHI for granting access to the MIKE software and John Carrier for providing technical comments. The authors would also like to thank Liverpool John Moores University and Royal Academy of Engineering for supporting this study.
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