Tidal Power

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Tidal energy is one of the most promising renewable energy technologies but there are major challenges for it to be a success. Technology performance and survivability in highly turbulent conditions, stakeholder buy in (environmentalists & fishing groups), and impacts on the environment are questions every developer faces. Redesigning a tidal device after a pilot test is extremely costly and time consuming. Simulations can predict what will happen when a tidal device is scaled up so that the design can be optimized before major investment is sunk into the project.

Customer Types

Tidal device engineers and designers, simulation managers, device manufacturers, tidal project developers, pilot managers and project managers

Applications

  • Selecting a tidal energy site or choosing the exact location within a region that will maximize performance and minimize damage
  • Modeling the specific impacts of the turbulence and its effects on the tidal device or infrastructure
  • Obtain data that would normally come from experimental testing at a fraction of the cost and time
  • See the tidal system under various conditions for better maintenance and life-cycle predictions
  • Scale up and pilot model performance
  • Simulating the wake effects of other nearby tidal devices
  • Environmental impacts such as sedimentation effects and noise sources
  • Better evidence and visuals for environmental compliance
  • Stronger visual material for securing investment
  • Hydrodynamic design of the submerged infrastructure to minimize loading effects
  • Anchoring effects on the seabed and anchoring requirements

Simulations

  • Torque loading impacts from waves
  • Sediment transport
  • Erosion models
  • Wake model analysis
  • Cyclic load and vortex shedding,
  • Flow induced vibrations
  • Swaying effects of the platform
  • Pressure fields on the device and infrastructure
  • Horizontal loads on the device in various vertical positions
  • Acoustic source modeling