Tidal Power Generation in the Piscataqua River

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Project Type: 
Education
Year: 
2008

Students Involved:

Zachary Annino UNH - Department of Mechanical Engineering
Brian Campelia UNH - Department of Mechanical Engineering
Lindsay Coppa UNH - Department of Mechanical Engineering
Susan Gagliardi UNH - Department of Mechanical Engineering
Sara Lincoln UNH - Department of Mechanical Engineering
Robert O'Meara, Jr. UNH - Department of Mechanical Engineering
Issam El Ayadi UNH - Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Garrett Partridge UNH - Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Faculty Advisors:

Kenneth Baldwin UNH - Department of Mechanical Engineering
M. Robinson Swift UNH - Department of Mechanical Engineering
Abstract: 

With the ongoing energy habits of today’s world, the global climate is being increasingly affected by contaminants and byproducts created by traditional energy generation methods. Furthermore, an inevitable energy crisis can be foreseen in the near future, with oil prices constantly rising and many researchers predicting that the world’s oil supply will peak within this century. Tidal energy addresses both the problems of climate change and energy shortage. Tidal energy is a completely clean and renewable energy source. It creates no byproducts, and has little to no impact on the environment. Unlike wind and solar power, which are dependent on unpredictable weather patterns, and hydrocarbon fuels, which are a limited energy source altogether, tidal power is a continuous, predictable source of energy.

The Tidal Power Team at the University of New Hampshire has made it its goal to create a tidal power generation system to address the energy problems of today’s world, and lay the groundwork for a technology that could potentially lead the way in alternative energy production in the near future.

Publications

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

Report

  • Tidal power generation in the Piscataqua River (2008). Zachary Annino, Brian Campelia, Lindsay Coppa, Susan Gagliardi, Sara Lincoln, Robert O'Meara Jr., Issam El Ayadi and Garrett Partridge. Advisors: Kenneth Baldwin and M. Robinson Swift.