Renewable energy is expected to play a major part in future energy supplies, both to reduce the impact on the world climate and also to make up for any shortfall in conventional energy sources. Ocean energy has the potential to make a significant contribution to future renewable energy supplies as identified in recent reports from the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change and the International Energy Agency. Ocean energy is an emerging industry sector and there are a number of promising developments under way. Significant commercial deployments in the gigawatt range are envisaged over the next 10 to 20 years in Europe, USA, Asia and South America.
Electrical Design for Ocean Wave and Tidal Energy Systems gives an electrical engineer's perspective of this technology, addressing offshore wave and tidal power stations, grid integration and distribution. With contributions from a panel of leading international experts, this book is essential reading for electrical design engineers, researchers and students working in ocean energy development and renewable energy. Topics covered include generator selection and rating; electrical energy storage; grid integration; power quality; cabling, umbilicals and array layout; modelling and simulation techniques; control theory and realisation; power system issues; and economics of ocean energy electrical systems.
A.C. Baker The Institution of Engineering and Technology, 1991 Library of Congress TC147.B28 1991 | Dewey Decimal 621.312134
The tides, generated by the revolution of the earth in the gravitational fields of the sun and moon, are an enormous resource of renewable energy. Moreover, the times and heights of tides can be accurately predicted well into the future. However, tidal ranges in the oceans vary from 50cm or less to over 10 m, and it is the largest tides that represent the best energy source. This book describes how large tides develop in particular places and how the energy could be extracted by building suitable barrages. The principal features of a barrage and possible methods of operation are described in detail. Although a tidal power barrage would be non-polluting, the resulting changes in the tidal regime would have important environmental effects. These are discussed together with the economics of tidal power. Methods of assessing the likely cost of electricity from any site are set out and applied to possible sites around the world.
This book draws together the results of extensive work carried out in the UK as part of the Department of Energy's renewable energy programme.