The optimal selection of turbine-generators for tidal power projects and the optimization of their operation
This thesis describes the development of a suite of computer programs designed to evaluate the optimum operating strategy for turbine-generators installed in a proposed tidal power barrage. The computer models are of the single-tide type but have been extended to incorporate detailed models of the turbine performance characteristics and operating constraints. The computer programs have been extensively used for studies of the Severn and Mersey barrage proposals in the UK, for one of the proposed barrage schemes in the Bay of Fundy, Canada and for the now-operating scheme at Annapolis Royal, Canada. One of the most important features of these programs is their ability to simulate, using appropriate characteristics, all the different turbine types suitable for tidal power generation. Results are presented of particular studies showing in each case the conclusions reached.