The wave and tidal stream energy resources in Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters are amongst the best around the UK.
Between October 2011 and March 2012, The Crown Estate undertook a review of the Pentland Firth and Orkney waters Strategic Area. The purpose of the review was to evaluate whether additional wave and tidal projects, at test and/or demonstration scale, could be leased in parts of the strategic area.
To help them understand the impact of adding additional wave and tidal projects into the area, we were commissioned to develop a regional wave and tidal model.
Using boundary conditions from SEASTATES we built high resolution resource models of the strategic area. Using these models we then evaluated the distribution of energy resources and reviewed key risks to the existing projects.
We ran scenarios to predict how the eleven existing projects, once installed, may interact with the wave and tidal resources, and with each other. We also used the model outputs to identify where the best locations exist for large commercial-scale wave and tidal projects.
The new models can also be used to better understand the magnitude and extent of cumulative effects from multiple planned developments, and have been made publicly available at http://www.waveandtidalknowledgenetwork.com/