There are various candidate sites for tidal stream energy extraction in the English Channel. In this paper we examine the tidal stream resource at Portland Bill and the south coast of the Isle of Wight. A depth-averaged numerical model is developed and compared to field measurements. The presence of rows of tidal turbines is simulated using a line-discontinuity to represent the head loss across the turbines. The head loss is given by linear momentum actuator disc theory. At each site the length of the turbine rows, the local blockage ratio, and the location of the turbines are varied. For Portland Bill the presence of an array with multiple rows of turbines is also considered. We find that it is likely that (based purely on the hydrodynamics) power could viably be extracted at each site, with the mean power produced by each site being in the order of 10s MW.

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