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 range energy to contribute to renewable electricity generation globally, and particularly along the coasts of the UK and Ireland. However, the tidal range industry is in its infancy,with limited opportunities for research and in-situ testing. A recent UK government commissioned report suggested that a focus should be on smaller-scale pilot schemes,allowing for environmental monitoring and design optimisation before larger-scale sites are considered. Here, a candidate site for a tidal lagoon located in Northern Ireland is assessed for its feasibility as a large-scale tidal range testbed for tidal range technologies. The site could provide a modular ‘drop-in’ berth for testing novel technology in realistic flow conditions. This feasibility study provides some critical baseline information required to develop the site. Our data collection campaign combines a three-months seabed frame deployment collecting tidal range and velocity information. The tidal elevation data is used to generate tidal constituents, allowing annual tide prediction.Applying Prandle’s parametric approach, we provide a first estimate of the potential annual energy capture from the tidal lagoon (E max ). Finally, the assessment will be augmented with a three-dimensional map of the basin using Unmanned Aerial Vehicle surveys to account for its volume, improving estimates of E max.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 14th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference, EWTEC 2021
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 01 Aug 2022
Event14th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference 2021 - Plymouth, United Kingdom
Duration: 05 Sept 202109 Sept 2021
Conference number: 14

Publication series

NameEWTEC Proceedings
ISSN (Print)2706-6940
ISSN (Electronic)2706-6932


Conference14th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference 2021
Abbreviated titleEWTEC2021
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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