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DOE releases database for tidal energy

US: The US Department of Energy (DOE) in partnership with the Georgia Institute of Technology released a new database highlighting the energy potential available in the US from ocean tides. The database is available at . It aims to improve the performance, lower the costs and accelerate the deployment of innovative water power technologies.
Researchers at Georgia Tech Savannah used advanced regional ocean models to simulate tidal flows along the entire US coastline. DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory validated the model’s accuracy. The interactive database allows users to zoom and pan over maps of colour-coded information on water depth, mean current speed, and mean kinetic power density for tidal resources along the coasts of the contiguous US, Alaska and Puerto Rico. Users can produce maps on depth and power density using the database’s GIS tools. Additionally, users can select specific locations to build velocity and power density histograms, which are displayed as easy-to-read charts and graphs.
According to Mike Reed, Water Power Team Lead in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, as there are currently no tidal power plants in the US, Georgia Tech’s database indicates favourable conditions for tidal power generation in both the Pacific Northwest and the Atlantic Northeast.
Source: DOE – Link1 & Link2