Research and Development > Site evaluation
Each site is different from the previous ones, and it is needed to undertake a site study before the tidal power array can be planned. Such assessments incorporate:
The tidal technology is designed to be installed at 40-100 meters depth.
Current velocity, profile and directions:
The technology is designed to generate cost effective energy from 2.5 m/s.
It is necessary to have knowledge of the current profile and up-stream/down-stream directions to design a tidal power array.
It is important that the project developer has good knowledge of the bathymetry at the site. The technology is tailored to suit most situations
Wave and turbulence impact:
The waves which influence the current deeper than ten meters are of interest to be able to evaluate if the waves may influence the installation.
Access to the grid is essential for delivering electric power.
Stakeholder assessment, including e.g. fishing and ship traffic, as well as environmental assessments, including e.g. sea mammals, fish, seabirds and other marine life, need to be studied.