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Study on the Coexistence of Offshore Wind Farms and Cage Culture

Department of Shipping Technology, College of Maritime, National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology, Kaohsiung 80543, Taiwan
Bachelor Degree Program in Ocean Engineering and Technology, National Taiwan Ocean University, Keelung 20224, Taiwan
Center for General Education, Tzu Chi University, Hualien 97004, Taiwan
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Academic Editor: Luca Martinelli
Water 2021, 13(14), 1960;
Received: 14 May 2021 / Revised: 30 June 2021 / Accepted: 14 July 2021 / Published: 17 July 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Marine Fisheries and Ecosystem Modeling)
In this study, a hydrodynamic model was used that includes the effects of wave–current interactions to simulate the wave and current patterns before and after offshore wind turbine installation in western Taiwan. By simulating the waves and currents after the offshore wind turbine was established, the waves and currents caused by the wind turbine were seen to have a limited range of influence, which is probably within an area about four to five times the size of the diameter (12–15 m) of the foundation structure. Overall, the analysis of the simulation results of the wave and current patterns after the offshore wind turbines were established shows that the underwater foundation only affected the local area near the pile structure. The wind farm (code E) of the research case can be equipped with about 720 cage cultures; if this is extended to other wind farms in the western sea area, it should be possible to produce economic-scale farming operations such as offshore wind power and fisheries. However, this study did not consider the future operation of the entire offshore wind farm. If the operation and maintenance of offshore wind farms are not affected, and if the consent of the developer is obtained, it should be possible to use this method to provide economically large-scale farming areas as a mutually beneficial method for offshore wind power generation and fisheries. View Full-Text
Keywords: hydrodynamic model; wind farm; wind turbine; cage culture hydrodynamic model; wind farm; wind turbine; cage culture
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