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By National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life Studies, Ocean Studies Board, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Board on Energy and Environmental Systems, Marine and Hydrokinetic Energy Technology Assessment Committee

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Expanding renewable power improvement, either in the usa and in a foreign country, has rekindled curiosity within the strength for marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) assets to give a contribution to electrical energy new release. those assets derive from ocean tides, waves, and currents; temperature gradients within the ocean; and free-flowing rivers and streams. One degree of the curiosity within the attainable use of those assets for electrical energy iteration is the expanding variety of allows which have been filed with the Federal power Regulatory fee (FERC). As of December 2012, FERC had issued four licenses and eighty four initial allows, up from almost 0 a decade in the past. although, each one of these allows are for advancements alongside the Mississippi River, and the particular profit learned from all MHK assets is intensely small. the 1st U.S. advertisement gridconnected venture, a tidal venture in Maine with a means of lower than 1 megawatt (MW), is presently offering a fragment of that strength to the grid and is because of be totally put in in 2013.

As a part of its evaluation of MHK assets, DOE requested the nationwide examine Council (NRC) to supply designated reviews. In reaction, the NRC shaped the Committee on Marine Hydrokinetic strength know-how review. As directed in its assertion of activity (SOT), the committee first built an period in-between record, published in June 2011, which excited by the wave and tidal source checks (Appendix B). the present file comprises the committee's evaluate of all 5 of the DOE source different types in addition to the committee's reviews at the total MHK source evaluate procedure. This precis makes a speciality of the committee's overarching findings and conclusions concerning a conceptual framework for constructing the source exams, the aggregation of effects right into a unmarried quantity, and the consistency throughout and coordination among the person source exams. opinions of the person source evaluation, additional dialogue of the sensible MHK source base, and overarching conclusions and suggestions are defined in An evaluate of the U.S. division of Energy's Marine and Hydrokinetic source Assessment.

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In the committee’s view, the assessment groups determined that reporting the technical resource (rather than the practical resource) represented the completion of their projects. The committee equates the technical resource with the review of “extractable energy” charged in the SOT. Practical Resource The committee also recognizes that, beyond the extraction filters, there are additional filters influencing when and where devices can be placed. The practical resource (right-hand column in Figure 1-1) is defined as that portion of the technical resource available after consideration of all other constraints.

Fritz, L. P. French, and B. Smith, Georgia Tech Research Corporation, “Assessment of energy production potential from tidal streams in the United States,” Presentation to the committee on November 15, 2010. 3 K. Haas, Z. M. Fritz, and L. Jiang, Georgia Tech Research Corporation, “Assessment of tidal stream energy potential for the United States,” Presentation to the committee on February 8, 2011. org/, Accessed June 21, 2011. htm, Accessed June 21, 2011. html, Accessed June 21, 2011. S. Neary, K.

If Pk is not a significant fraction of Pmax, circulation in other areas of the bay might not be greatly impacted, but local reductions in the currents would still be likely and could again cause Pk to be an overestimate. The group could consider choosing the lesser of Pk and Pmax as an estimate 2-6 Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved. S. Department of Energy's Marine and Hydrokinetic Resource Assessments Prepublication Draft – Subject to Further Editorial Correction of the technical resource base.

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