Tidal current power is one of the promising and reliable renewable energies with the advantage of continuous and predictable resource. It can make stable electricity regardless of weather conditions or seasons all year around. The required technologies for tidal current power in the ocean have been developed for years and now recognized that it could be commercialized after intensive field tests and successful demonstrations. There are several tidal farm development projects in the world, such as the MeyGen project in UK with its commercialization at hand. However, various research subjects in the tidal current energy field are seeking improvements and industrialization of tidal current power in terms of economy and technical reliability. This paper introduces the resource assessment procedure of tidal energy that has been applied in Korea coastal regions. The key research subjects for tidal current power together with the interaction effect of multi-arrangement is described. Also, this paper is to introduce the research output of each subject such as turbine design, experimental validation, turbine interaction and wake, multi-array module, FSI (fluid-structure interaction), and duct application.
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This work was supported by Inha University Research Grant.
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Jo, C.H., Hwang, S.J. Review on Tidal Energy Technologies and Research Subjects. China Ocean Eng 34, 137–150 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s13344-020-0014-8
- tidal current power
- resource assessment
- turbine design
- experimental validation
- turbine interaction
- FSI (fluid-structure interaction)