Application of Constraints in Modelling Tidal Power Generation

  • Annette M. Harte
  • John F. McNamara
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Tidal energy has many advantages in that the tides are free and the supply is both predictable and renewable, nevertheless the high capital cost involved in the installation of tidal power plants has meant that only a small number of them have actually been constructed. These plants [1] are in France, the USSR and China, and all are operating satisfactorily at the present time. Experience gained from the construction of these plants and recent technological changes mean that many hitherto uneconomic schemes may now become viable.


Constraint Equation Tidal Power Linear Triangular Element Tidal Power Plant Multipoint Constraint 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Annette M. Harte
    • 1
  • John F. McNamara
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Civil EngineeringUniversity College GalwayIreland
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical EngineeringUniversity College GalwayIreland

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