Energy yield assessment from ocean currents in the insular shelf of Cozumel Island

Juan Carlos Alcérreca-Huerta, Job Immanuel Encarnacion, Stephanie Ordoñez-Sánchez, Mariana Callejas-Jiménez, Gabriel Gallegos Diez Barroso, Matthew Allmark, Ismael Mariño-Tapia, Rodolfo Silva Casarín, Tim O'Doherty, Cameron Johnstone, Laura Carrillo

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Marine renewables represent a promising and innovative alternative source for satisfying the energy demands of growing populations while reducing the consumption of fossil fuels. Most technological advancements and energy yield assessments have been focused on promoting the use of kinetic energy from tidal streams with flow velocities higher than 2.0 m s−1. However, slower-moving flows from ocean currents are recently explored due to their nearly continuous and unidirectional seasonal flows. In this paper, the potential of the Yucatan Current is analysed at nearshore sites over the insular shelf of Cozumel Island in the Mexican Caribbean. Field measurements were undertaken using a vessel-mounted ADCP to analyse the spatial distribution of flow velocities, along with CTD profiles as well as data gathering of bathymetry and water elevations. Northward directed flow velocities were identified, with increasing velocities just before the end of the strait of the Cozumel Channel, where average velocities in the region of 0.88 to 1.04 m s 11 −1 were recorded. An estimation of power delivery using horizontal axis turbines was undertaken with Blade Element Momentum theory. It was estimated that nearly 3.2 MW could be supplied to Cozumel Island, amounting to about 10% of its electricity consumption.
LanguageEnglish
Article number147
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Marine Science and Engineering
Volume7
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2019

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Ocean currents
Flow velocity
flow velocity
energy
Bathymetry
Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler
Fossil fuels
bathymetry
Kinetic energy
turbine
Spatial distribution
Turbomachine blades
kinetic energy
fossil fuel
strait
momentum
Momentum
Turbines
vessel
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Keywords

  • ocean current
  • kinetic energy
  • marine renewables
  • marine turbines
  • Cozumel Channel
  • Mexico

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Alcérreca-Huerta, Juan Carlos ; Encarnacion, Job Immanuel ; Ordoñez-Sánchez, Stephanie ; Callejas-Jiménez, Mariana ; Gallegos Diez Barroso, Gabriel ; Allmark, Matthew ; Mariño-Tapia, Ismael ; Silva Casarín, Rodolfo ; O'Doherty, Tim ; Johnstone, Cameron ; Carrillo, Laura . / Energy yield assessment from ocean currents in the insular shelf of Cozumel Island. In: Journal of Marine Science and Engineering. 2019 ; Vol. 7, No. 5.
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