Tidal range energy resource and optimization - past perspectives and future challenges

Neill, Simon and Angeloudis, Athanasios and Robins, Peter and Walkington, Ian and Ward, Sophie and Masters, Ian and Lewis, Matt and Piano, Marco and Avdis, Alexandros and Piggott, Matthew and Aggidis, George Athanasios and Evans, Paul and Adcock, Thomas and Zidonis, Audrius and Ahmadian, Reza and Falconer, Roger (2018) Tidal range energy resource and optimization - past perspectives and future challenges. Renewable Energy, 127. pp. 763-778. ISSN 0960-1481

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Tidal energy is one of the most predictable forms of renewable energy. Although there has been much commercial and R&D progress in tidal stream energy, tidal range is a more mature technology, with tidal range power plants having a history that extends back over 50 years. With the 2017 publication of the "Hendry Review" that examined the feasibility of tidal lagoon power plants in the UK, it is timely to review tidal range power plants. Here, we explain the main principles of tidal range power plants, and review two main research areas: the present and future tidal range resource, and the optimization of tidal range power plants. We also discuss how variability in the electricity generated from tidal range power plants could be partially oset by the development of multiple power plants (e.g. lagoons) that are complementary in phase, and by the provision of energy storage. Finally, we discuss the implications of the Hendry Review, and what this means for the future of tidal range power plants in the UK and internationally.

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Renewable Energy
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This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Renewable Energy. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Renewable Energy, 127, 2018 DOI: 10.1016/j.renene.2018.05.007
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