Investigation of the practicalities and potential of tidal energy in northern Australia

Investigation of the practicalities and potential of tidal energy in northern Australia

Tidal energy is a clean renewable energy source that has the advantage of being highly predictable and reliable. The times at which the generators can operate can be forecasted with exceptional accuracy and years in advance. There is rapid technological development in this field and some highly prospective locations close to Darwin.There are research opportunities through the Centre for Renewable Energy and Low Emissions Technology to:explore technical issues particular to tidal energy deployment in a tropical, monsoonal, macro-tidal environment;develop methodologies to identify potential sites for tidal generation in the NT;identify the socio-economic and cultural issues surrounding the installation and operation of tidal turbines;investigate potential impacts on marine wildlife and ecosystems;model and simulate tidal and hybrid renewable energy systems, including grid integration issues.

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