Assessment of a Tidal Lagoon Test-Bed using Aerial Drone Photogrammetry

Pal Schmitt, Lilian Lieber

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There is a large potential for tidal rangeenergy to contribute to renewable electricity generationglobally, and particularly along the coasts of the UK andIreland. However, the tidal range industry is in its infancy,with limited opportunities for research and in-situ testing.A recent UK government commissioned report suggestedthat a focus should be on smaller-scale pilot schemes,allowing for environmental monitoring and design opti-misation before larger-scale sites are considered. Here, acandidate site for a tidal lagoon located in Northern Irelandis assessed for its feasibility as a large-scale tidal range testbed for tidal range technologies. The site could providea modular ‘drop-in’ berth for testing novel technology inrealistic flow conditions. This feasibility study providessome critical baseline information required to developthe site. Our data collection campaign combines a three-months seabed frame deployment collecting tidal rangeand velocity information. The tidal elevation data is used togenerate tidal constituents, allowing annual tide prediction.Applying Prandle’s parametric approach, we provide afirst estimate of the potential annual energy capture fromthe tidal lagoon (E max ). Finally, the assessment will beaugmented with a three-dimensional map of the basinusing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle surveys to account for itsvolume, improving estimates of E max .
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEuropean Wave and Tidal Energy Conference: European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference: Proceedings
Number of pages6
Publication statusAccepted - 11 Jun 2021
EventEuropean Wave and Tidal Energy Conference: European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference - University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, Devon, United Kingdom, PL4 8AA, Plymouth, United Kingdom
Duration: 05 Sep 202109 Sep 2021
Conference number: 14

Publication series

NameThe European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference (EWTEC): Proceedings
ISSN (Print)2706-6940
ISSN (Electronic)2706-6932


ConferenceEuropean Wave and Tidal Energy Conference
Abbreviated titleEWTEC2021
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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