Summary of Abstract Submission

Abstract Submission No. IO50-12-0017PresentationPoster


Lucy Patricia Onundo*1

1 Technical University of Mombasa/ University of Nairobi, Kenya


A considerable amount of sea level data is archived in different data centers within and outside the Western Indian ocean region. Inspite of the scientific capacity available, limited use of data has been made for scientific and practical applications. Even on those few occasions, it has been experts from outside the region who have been leading in making use of the data for different applications. This research project outlines present thinking on the determination of accessible tidal current resources within channels and other potentially exploitable locations. The fundamental principles behind tides and tidal currents are briefly discussed and the implications of temporal and spatial variations on the evaluation of the resource considered in the context of renewable energy exploitation. Marine resources represent a potential to explore ocean energy for global energy demand. Design and development of advanced economic and reliable marine energy systems can be achieved by using the existing knowledge and experience from offshore and wind energy industry. The research presents a numerical model that account for hydrodynamic, structure and control needed to determine the technical and economical feasibility of Wave and Tidal energy resource. It applies numerical simulations and theoretical calculations to estimate not only the optimum power to be extracted from the flow through a passage, but also reduction in passage flow. The paper outlines the key aspects of an energy yield estimate to facilitate the design of wave and current resource capture. Access to cost-efficient hydro-power is low in coastal and island countries. They endure insufficiency in the power sector including infrastructure, high costs of thermal energy and technology challenges. Ocean energy is vital.