Integration of Pumped-Storage with Tidal Power

by Thomas L. Shaw, (M.ASCE), Lect. in Civ. Engrg.; Univ. of Bristol, Bristol, England,
Geoffrey R. Thorpe, Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Univ. of Bristol, Bristol, England,

Serial Information: Journal of the Power Division, 1971, Vol. 97, Issue 1, Pg. 159-180

Document Type: Journal Paper


The writers have sought means of combining the storage of large quantities of energy of thermal origin (off-peak) within a conventional tidal power project, to produce power as required, in particular at constant rate over a 12 hr daytime period. Coupling energy sources in this way is shown to have many beneficial advantages over their separate development, particularly in terms of efficiency and cost. A detailed scheme is worked out for the Severn Estuary, but the method adopted has no lack of generality.

Subject Headings: Thermal power | Waste storage | Tides | Hydro power | Coupling | Energy efficiency | Estuaries | Energy methods

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