Deep ocean currents energy resources: a case study of Australia

Parker, Albert (2015) Deep ocean currents energy resources: a case study of Australia. World Journal of Modelling and Simulation, 11 (3). pp. 163-173.

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The paper discusses the relevance of renewable energy in the global energy mix worldwide and for the specific of Australia. As Australia is the world top net sequestering country for carbon dioxide, the major short term goal should be modernization of the obsolete coal fired power stations still covering more than 90% of the energy mix plus valorization of the huge biomass resources presently mostly neglected. Instead of investing more resources in wind and solar technologies, which have proved expensive and ineffective, attention should be paid to the development of novel technologies. The paper provides a first assessment of the deep ocean currents energy resources around Australia. The most relevant areas where to focus further research are determined on the basis of the maps for non-tidal ocean current speeds, at 30-40 m and 10-20 m off the bottom, based on the CSIRO Blue Link ocean circulation model. Recoverable power densities are subsequently computed by considering likely efficiencies of free stream ocean turbines.

Item ID: 44429
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1746-7233
Keywords: wodeep ocean currents; ocean circulation; marine energy; free stream turbines; modelling
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2016 02:05
FoR Codes: 04 EARTH SCIENCES > 0405 Oceanography > 040503 Physical Oceanography @ 40%
09 ENGINEERING > 0907 Environmental Engineering > 090702 Environmental Engineering Modelling @ 30%
09 ENGINEERING > 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > 090608 Renewable Power and Energy Systems Engineering (excl Solar Cells) @ 30%
SEO Codes: 85 ENERGY > 8501 Energy Exploration > 850199 Energy Exploration not elsewhere classified @ 50%
85 ENERGY > 8505 Renewable Energy > 850599 Renewable Energy not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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