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Transcript of Ocean Energy
Spotlight: Surface Attenuator
Float Horizontally on the Surface
Large Tube Sections Connected by Universal Joints
Sections Free to Move Independently
Hydraulic Rams Driven at Joints
Hydraulic Motors Spin Generators that Produce Electricity
3 Main Methods:
1. Vertically Oriented Point Absorber
2. Wave Turbine Emplacement
3. Horizontally Oriented Surface Attenuator
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Tidal Energy History
Wave Energy History
By Iain Grigsby & Emma Shellhamer
What is the basic history behind ocean energy?
How does tidal energy function?
What is one main model used for harnessing energy from the tides?
How does wave energy function?
What is one main model used for harnessing energy from the waves?
How is ocean energy perceived by the world?
What are the environmental impacts of ocean energy?
What is the future of ocean energy?
of Ocean Energy
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Ebb & flow of tides
Delivered to grid
About 5 meters tidal range
EIA states that "as of September 2012, India had 211 gigawatts (GW) of installed electricity generating capacity, mostly in coal-fired power plants, according to India's Central Electricity Authority."
1. Tidal barrage
2. Tidal fence
3. Tidal turbine
3 Main Methods:
Man- driven manipulation
Similar to hydraulic dam
Controls movement of water in order to combat tidal patterns
Target peak demand periods
Barrage, sluice gate, turbines
Not aesthetically pleasing
Initial investment is high
Potential low profit for companies
Tidal pattern inconsistencies
Storm damage & corrosive seawater
Complicated/delicate mechanical components
Low efficiency in conversion to electricity
Great potential [compare to wind energy]
Less expensive for consumers
New technologies & research
More prominent now than ever before
Possibilities for integration
Low noise/visual Impact
Negligible impact on sea creatures
Catching animals in turbines
Interrupts migration patterns
Decreased water salinity in barrage
Barrage itself disrupts ocean floor
Decreased tidal range
La Rance has been the only tidal barrage studied
10 years after construction, the environment was once again thriving
One source refers to the basin as a "small sea"
Non-damming models have low risk
Marine creatures getting stuck in turbines, but still not a large problem
For point absorber and surface attenuator, little to none
Minor disruption to sea floor at attachment points
Wave turbines could disrupt fish movement, take up small portion of beach habitat
a.k.a. Tidal Stream Generators
Tidal Wing & DTP
Supplement other renewables
Make the most of the locations available
Environmental trade-offs and research
Benefits would outweigh costs in the end
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