Operation and Maintenance Costs of a Large Scale Tidal Current Turbine
Ye Li and H. Keith Florig
Among the many ocean energy technologies under development, the
tidal turbine farm has been proposed as an environmentally friendly ocean
energy converter application.
Although the technology and capital costs of ocean energy turbines are
understood, the economics of operating a gang of turbines as an energy
farm has yet to be analyzed. In this paper, a planning, operation and
maintenance model for tidal turbine
farms is proposed. The system is modeled using life-cycle assessment,
incorporating a variety of time-dependent variables. Model components
include farm construction and planning, operation strategy, regular
maintenance, and emergency maintenance. Preliminary numerical simulation
results are shown in a case study for a potential site.
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