This one day hands-on course provides a background into the underlying SMARTtide model developments, the data requirements for running a SMARTtide scenario and the interpretation of the model outputs. It gives attendees valuable information for running scenarios under the fee-for-service model available online from the HR Wallingford web-site.
SMARTtide (Simulated Marine Array Resource Testing) is a tool that has been developed
by HR Wallingford under contract to the ETI for engineers and decision makers in
the European marine renewable energy industry. With its three underlying hydrodynamic
models, SMARTtide provides information such as:
the interactions between tidal energy systems around the UK and NW Europe, including
how they combine to form an overall effect of tidal range and flow velocity;
the effects of one extraction at one location on the tidal energy resources at
other distant sites around the UK and Europe;
the impacts of the design, layout and location of the tidal farms on tidal range
and flow velocity in the local area;
and any constraints that these interactions might place on the design, development
and location of future tidal farms.
Background to SMARTtide model developments.
Information on the data requirements needed to run a SMARTtide scenario.
How to interpret model outputs.
Information for running scenarios under the fee-for-service model available online
from the HR Wallingford web-site.
Who should attend
This course is suitable for engineers and managers involved in:
identifying prime tidal current sites around the UK;
planning seabed surveys;
assessing the potential near and far afield impacts of tidal current and tidal
assessing the spatial impacts of a combination of tidal schemes at a regional
or UK Level including the Channel Islands and French coast;
optimising the UK tidal energy resource development for a particular variable
e.g. the maximum energy output, phasing (to balance out energy production), minimum
cost of energy, and to ensure that environmental changes do not exceed a particular
At the end of the course participants will:
have a sound knowledge of what SMARTtide is and its approach to tidal current
and range assessments.