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The principal aim of this project was the development of a methodology for the optimal matching of tidal current driven turbines to local flow conditions, taking account of environmental, social and economic constraints. The methodologies were presented in the form of a "tool-box", which consisted primarily of software required for the identification of optimal solutions with guidelines on establishing the necessary input databases.

The project was split in to six distinct tasks:

- Methodology development;

- Identification of suitable test sites;

- Hydrographic surveys of two sites;

- Development of hydrodynamic computational models for each site;

- Development of the optimisation software and

- Development of the 'Toolbox' containing software and documentation on the process.

In order to match a tidal current system optimally to a geographic location, it was necessary to develop a mathematical model of the operation and economics of the device

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