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River and Estuary Current Power Overview

Institut de Recherche Dupuy de Lôme (UMR CNRS 6027 IRDL), ISEN Yncréa Ouest Brest, 29200 Brest, France
Institut de Recherche Dupuy de Lôme (UMR CNRS 6027 IRDL), University of Brest, 29238 Brest, France
GUINARD Energies, 29200 Brest, France
College of Logistics Engineering, Shanghai Maritime University, Shanghai 201306, China
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J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2019, 7(10), 365;
Received: 3 September 2019 / Revised: 1 October 2019 / Accepted: 2 October 2019 / Published: 12 October 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Ocean Engineering)
This paper presents a review of the stream current power sector, with a distinction made between the marine (MCP) and the river/estuary current power (RECP). Although scientific literature about MCP is actually well defined, that about RECP seems small, though this domain has some research interest. This paper has thus a special emphasis on this latter, with comparative studies done between these domains. The assessment of the academic and industrial interests for the RECP is first addressed, based on two main scientific resources and a qualitative highlight of its potential. Then, a review of actual constraints restricting its development is introduced, followed by a non-exhaustive presentation of industrial projects. Finally, some development prospects allowing constraints to be mitigated are proposed. Globally, MCP and RECP are treated unconcernedly, with a primary interest on the mechanical converter study and the location energy potential estimation. It has been highlighted that countries with RECP potential are more plentiful, and that undertaken projects can be classified mainly into two categories following the nominal power of the production unit. Furthermore, the river current power growth has been confirmed in recent years, with a majority part of patented hydrokinetic technologies, although commercial deployments are still scarce.
Keywords: river current power; hydrokinetic turbines; energy potential; industrial projects river current power; hydrokinetic turbines; energy potential; industrial projects
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Flambard, J.; Amirat, Y.; Feld, G.; Benbouzid, M.; Ruiz, N. River and Estuary Current Power Overview. J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2019, 7, 365.

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