Tidal Range Energy Resource Estimation of Khor Kalmat using Geostatistical Modeling
Tidal Energy Resource Estimation: A case study of Khor Kalmat
Keywords:Geostatistical Modeling, Low Head Hydro Turbine, Tidal Lagoon, Tidal Potential Power Density
Electrical power generation by tidal energy provides various advantages. The energy is highly predictable, has less impact on ecological pollution and provides an indefinite amount of renewable energy. The countries like Canada, China, Russia, South Korea and France are extensively utilizing tidal sources of energy for the generation of electrical energy. A suitable site (where less construction is required), adequate tidal range and sufficient bathymetry; are the basic requirements for the installation of a tidal power plant however sometimes there is no tidal data available for suitable sites, like Khor Kalmat tidal lagoon in Pakistan. Therefore, the first time study is conducted to assess the tidal energy resources of the naturally blessed lagoon, Khor Kalmat, which is located in the Baluchistan province of Pakistan, by using geostatistical modeling. A geostatistical model is developed to estimate the tidal energy potential at Khor Kalmat by using observed data of five available locations along with the coastal belt of Pakistan. Models are designed by integrating several layers into ArcGIS. These layers include tidal data, satellite metaphors and other physical and socioeconomic layers. After processing of data, digitized models and layers are generated. Five different models have been compared and the best model is carefully chosen to predict the tidal data of Khor Kalmat after validation of the individual model, During the study, it was observed that low head hydro tidal turbine of Venturi-Enhanced Turbine Technology (VETT) is best suited for harnessing tidal energy due to adequate tidal range. Consequently, by means of a bi-directional VETT device, the output power is assessed to be 269.93 MW.
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