Annual Report 2018

Task 13 - Tidal Energy Converters - Modelling Verification and Validation

There are many modelling tools developed in recent years for ocean energy resource representation at a macro level. However, there is still lack of common understanding on the detailed assessment of tidal renewable energy resources at a macro and micro level at specific sites. Such information about the energy potential and the practical extractable energy is important towards major decision for site selection.


Srikanth Narasimalu, Singapore

Canada, China, France, India, New Zealand, Sweden and UK


This task aims to develop a common effort to provide useful guidelines for tidal resource mapping through identifying the present practices and compare the various computational tools for resource mapping. One of the main goals of this task is to prepare a Tidal Energy Resource Modelling Guideline report through the study of the various factors affecting the result of the tidal energy resource prediction simulations towards a numerical code-to-code comparison.


An international network of tidal resource mapping experts has been set up to discuss and identify a common methodology and work towards creating a standard report for modelling in harnessing tidal energy. Two webinars were organised and hosted by Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N), Singapore on 14 May 2018 and 9 November 2018. In each event there were ca. 20 attendees from various international tidal energy working teams from all over the world. Participants discussed the different models used for numerical code–to-code comparisons for tidal resource modelling at regional scale as well as site-specific scale.

Countries and institutions present in the webinars on numerical modelling for tidal energy (2018):