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Hydro, tidal and wave energy in Australia

Harries, D., McHenry, M.P., Jennings, P. and Thomas, C. (2006) Hydro, tidal and wave energy in Australia. International Journal of Environmental Studies, 63 (6). pp. 803-814.

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The three renewable energy technologies discussed in this paper are based on water, but differ markedly in terms of the size of the available potential resource, the maturity of the associated conversion technologies, the extent to which they have been exploited to date, and the current research effort being devoted to their future development. Hydro-electricity and tidal power are both very mature technologies. The exploitation of Australia's relatively limited potential for hydro-electric development began over a century ago and the opportunities for further hydro-electric development are now very restricted. The country's significant tidal power resources, on the other hand, have not been exploited for electricity generation to date, but continual assessment of the feasibility of tidal power projects has been undertaken over the past half century. Although Australia has large ocean wave energy resources, ocean wave energy conversion technology is not yet fully commercial and no commercial wave generation plants are operating in Australia. A small number of wave energy conversion devices, however, are at the pilot testing stage

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Research Institute for Sustainable Energy
School of Engineering and Energy
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Copyright: © 2006 Taylor & Francis
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