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Trends in Emerging Tidal and Wave Energy Collection Technology

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To facilitate the evaluation of the current status of tidal and wave technologies, several characteristics that would be required for them to become attractive as alternative sources of energy are defined and identified. Tidal technologies, including barrages, fences, and turbines; and wave technologies, including the oscillating water columns, Pelamis, tapered channel, Salter Duck, and the Clam, are explained and evaluated in terms of their operating complexity, economic concerns, and environmental impact. Current implementations of each technology are discussed. The current cost per kilowatt-hour for each technology is compared to that for coal and nuclear energy. The environmental impacts of the technologies are compared and evaluated. Finally, the technologies are compared with respect to the desirable features that were initially identified.
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Keywords: cost of energy; device comparison; tidal energy; wave energy

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2009-03-01

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