Abstract Methodology Cost Comparison Potential Geographical

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					                                                                                                                    Bradford Bailey, Michael Brauckmann, Victoria Tower, Bangyan Zhang
                                                                                                                                      Advisor: Professor Brian Savilonis

                                           Abstract                                                                                                                                         Methodology                                                                                                                                               Cost Comparison
  The concept of using the energy within tidal currents is examined
  thoroughly by looking at the costs and benefits of tidal barrages and tidal                                                                                                          Cost/Benefits
  turbines. Tidal power is a renewable form of energy that is predictable,                                                                                                              Calculate cost per kWh for
  does not release greenhouse gasses, has costs similar to wind power,                                                                                                                  turbines
  and can be paid back within its lifespan. Tidal energy needs to be                                                                                                                    Calculate payback period
  constructed in certain areas with enough of a tidal range, depth, and
  tidal velocity to support a profitable amount of energy and a minimal
                                                                                                                                                                                       Requirements for Tidal Power
  effect on the environment. This project determines the benefits of tidal                                                                                                             Environmental effects
  power first hand by using a small scale model of a tidal turbine to                                                                                                                   Calculable?
  generate energy.                                                                                                                                                                      Depend upon location
                                                                                                                                                                                       Turbine specifications
                                                                                                                                                                                        Shape of propeller
                    Barrage vs. Turbines                                                                                                                                               Create geographical map
                                                                                Captures the change in Potential
                                                                                                                                                                                         Depths and velocity
                                                                                Energy due to the rise of sea                                                                          Building/Testing Model
                                                                                Entails building a barrage across                                                                                                                                                                        

                                                                                an entire inlet
                                                                                Captures High Tides and then
                                                                                runs water through turbines like a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Potential Geographical Locations
                         dam                                                                                                                   Case Study: San Francisco
Turbines                                                                                                                                                                                      Power Output of a Single Turbin
                                                                                                                                                                                            Over 24 Hours in the Sanfransico Bay
Captures the Kinetic Energy of moving
tides                                                                                                                                                                         3

Uses “farms” of turbines installed off
                                                                                                                                            Meters Per Seconed / Mega Watts

Fences used to direct water flow                                                                                                                                              1
Comparable to wind farms only under                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tidal Turbine Geographical
the ocean                                                                                                                                                                     0
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Current in m/s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Power In MW

                                                                                                                       -1                                                                                                                                                     Area: At least 300 square
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Depth: 30-50m
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Typical Water Speed: 2m/s or
                                                                                                                                                                                   0    3   6     9     12    15    18     21      24                                                                                                more; 4 knots or more

                     Environmental Effects                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Water Density: About

  -change the salinity by altering the flow of water into and out of

  -destroy the marine life                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Conclusion
  -a reduction in intertidal area
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Must have currents of two meters per second and depths of
  -slower current
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     thirty meters for turbines to function and a tidal range of five meters
  -change seafloor characteristics                                                                                                                                                                                        Single Turbine                             12 Turbine Farm                                                 for barrages to work
                                                                                                                                                                                       Yearly Energy Output               3400 MWh                                   40 GWh                                                             Searching through tidal charts, several possible sites exist in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     United States such as San Francisco Bay, East River in New York,
  -chance to hit fish is pretty minimal                                                                                                                                                Equivalent houses                  1,021                                      12,294                                                          and several sites in Alaska
  -potential reduction in tidal reach
                                                                                                                                                                                       Equivalent Carbon                  1516 Tonnes C02/Year                       18286 Tonnes C02/Year                                             Payback period for tidal turbines is approximately ten years
  -will not block tidal flow
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Similar to wind powered turbines both in cost and energy
  -drilling may cause destruction of habitat and marine benthos (small                                                                                                                 Approximate Cost                   5 Million Dollars                          46.8 Million Dollars
  /localized)                                                                                                                                                                          Payback Period                     10.7 years                                 9.4 years                                                         Tidal energy is renewable and has zero emissions
  -installation of cables may also cause sediment displacement
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Could replace a large coal plant
  -potential pollution from leaking

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Background Picture taken by: Brad Bailey

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