Optimisation of tidal power arrays using a genetic algorithm

Paul Sullivan, Paul McCombie

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Machines for generating electricity from tidal flows have seen substantial development in recent years, and studies have examined the issues that govern the positioning of devices in relation to each other. This is a complex problem,
because the installation of a device can affect the flow both upstream and downstream; also the effects of multiple devices are not simply cumulative, but give rise to complex interactions. The complexity is greatly increased by the geometry of the tidal channel. Determination of an optimum arrangement of devices is a multi-objective problem, which lends itself to solution using genetic algorithms. This approach has been proposed for the design of wind farms; this paper uses a simplified analysis to investigate its potential for the optimisation of tidal power arrays.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-28
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Energy
Issue number1
Early online date10 Jan 2013
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2013


  • Natural Resources
  • Power
  • Renewable Energy


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