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Multi-criteria evaluation of potential Australian tidal energy sites


Marsh, P and Penesis, I and Nader, J-R and Cossu, R, Multi-criteria evaluation of potential Australian tidal energy sites, Renewable Energy, 175 pp. 453-469. ISSN 0960-1481 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.renene.2021.04.093


Most tidal energy site studies concentrate on resource size; few examine other factors that may be of equal or even greater importance in determining site feasibility for tidal turbine array deployments. These factors include aspects such as electrical grid proximity, water depth, the location of marine protected areas, pre-existing users, environmentally significant regions and other restrictions. Using these factors, a more holistic approach to site selection was conducted for Australian waters using a Multi-Criteria Evaluation (MCE) process. This MCE method uses standardized factors combined with weighted linear combinations to calculate a site suitability index, where each factor is multiplied by a weight of relative importance. A sensitivity analysis on the factor weighting was performed to ensure the suitable selection of weighting factors to reduce conformation bias. The developed MCE model identified three promising locations in Australia, with contiguous areas in regions to the north of Broome Western Australia of 534 km2, the Banks Strait region northeast of Tasmania of 67 km2, and the Clarence Strait located in the Northern Territory of <1 km2 found. Additional examinations of possible co-location of tidal energy devices with wind and wave energy were examined.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:ocean energy, tidal stream turbine, multi-criteria evaluation, site selection, resource assessment
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime engineering
Research Field:Ocean engineering
Objective Division:Energy
Objective Group:Renewable energy
Objective Field:Tidal energy
UTAS Author:Marsh, P (Dr Philip Marsh)
UTAS Author:Penesis, I (Professor Irene Penesis)
UTAS Author:Nader, J-R (Dr Jean-Roch Nader)
ID Code:145294
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:NC Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
Deposited On:2021-07-14
Last Modified:2022-08-24

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