"Applying a numerical decision-making tool for tidal current turbine planning projects to the Puget Sound estuary"
Thomas Roc (University of Plymouth, U.K.) & Kristen Thyng (University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, U.S.)
This collaboration aims to bring together the research efforts of two INOREan PhD students, Ms. Kristen Thyng and Mr. Thomas Roc. Ms. Thyng's project investigates the geophysical-flows of the Puget Sound (Washington, U.S.) using an existing regional-scale hydrodynamic model (ROMS, Regional Ocean Model System), and seeks to understand the overall hydrodynamic system and flow features of the site to assess how they would affect turbine placement. Mr. Roc has been developing an assessment tool from ROMS that allows for simulations of meso-scale power harvesting and hydrodynamic impacts as well as turbine wake interactions within farm patterns. The ultimate goal of the assessment tool is to ensure the sustainable nature of such coastal planning projects and therefore finding the balance between power extraction maximization and impact minimization. Bringing together those two projects will permit testing of this decision-making tool against realistic configuration and at the same time provide more material for further oceanographic and environmental analysis, consequently increasing our understanding of the issues involved in such power plant projects. An ICIS grant would enable the publishing of potential outcomes of this collaboration and/or allow Mr. Roc to come on-site and work with Ms. Thyng's team in order to have better insights on the case study.
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