Tidal Power Generation: Infrastructure

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Project Type: 
Education
Year: 
2009

Students Involved:

James Browne UNH - Department of Civil Engineering
Kevin Buruchian UNH - Department of Civil Engineering
Dave Dreyer UNH - Department of Civil Engineering
Thomas Ducharme UNH - Department of Civil Engineering
Kevin Dutile UNH - Department of Mechanical Engineering
Michele Pelletier UNH - Department of Mechanical Engineering

Faculty Advisors:

Kenneth Baldwin UNH - Department of Mechanical Engineering
M. Robinson Swift UNH - Department of Mechanical Engineering
Martin Wosnik UNH - Department of Mechanical Engineering
Abstract: 
The ever growing concern over our current energy dependency has been a topic of interest in today’s society. With clean and efficient energy being the top priority, the world is looking toward new technologies to fulfill our energy needs. Tidal power is one form of energy that has caught attention as of late. Tidal energy is both a clean and renewable source of power that has great potential. It also has the unique ability of being completely predictable, unlike solar or wind energy.
We have made it our mission to establish and develop a testing platform for tidal power generation at the University of New Hampshire. We will focus on the system’s mechanical infrastructure while another group is tasked with the operation of the electrical package.

Publications

Available from the National Sea Grant Library (use NHU number to search) or NH Sea Grant

Report

  • Tidal power generation: infrastructure (2009). James Browne, Kevin Buruchian, Dave Dreyer, Thomas Ducharme, Kevin Dutile and Michele Pelletier. Advisors: Ken Baldwin, M. Robinson Swift and Martin Wosnik.