Verdant Power to Partner with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to Assess Turbine-Fish Interaction
(August 2013) -- The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Oak Ridge, TN) will quantify the distribution, behavioral response, and general patterns of fish movement around an operating tidal energy turbine. The research team will conduct an analysis of individual fish movements using previously unanalyzed DIDSON data collected at the RITE Project site during an in-water test of the Gen5 KHPS rotor in the Fall of 2012.
Accomplishing the objectives of this project, which is co-funded by the US Department of Energy, will have direct benefits to the MHK industry as it will provide a complete analysis of fish interaction data at a full-sized turbine that developers and regulators can use to estimate the likelihood of encounter and injury at tidal and riverine sites. The results and tools produced in this study will be widely applicable to other sites and conditions, and results will be used to refine estimates of potential impacts, design mitigation to minimize impacts, and develop monitoring protocol.
The work will also continue to build on the understanding of the environmental compatibility of the KHPS developed at the RITE Project and provide additional data that can be used in the adaptive management of ongoing compliance activities associated with the RITE FERC license and Verdant Power's RMEE Plans.
Learn more about the Oak Ridge National Laboratory's hydrokinetic research here.
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