We consider the influence of wave-current interactions (WCI) on the tidal energy resource through changes in the velocity field of tidal currents. In order to investigate this, we have run three models: SWAN (stand-alone), ROMS (stand-alone) and COAWST (two-way coupled ROMS and SWAN model). The research area of our studies is Alderney Race, France, an area with strong currents, which has a strong potential for tidal turbine deployment. The time period used for the simulations was March 2008, when a strong storm hit the Alderney Race area and produced significant wave heights (Hs) of up to 7 m and a Stokes drift near the surface close to 0.3 m/s. Furthermore, in order to see the extent of the influence of large waves on current parameters, two virtual storms with larger waves have been generated by magnifying the wave energy spectrum and changing the frequency of the spectrum of the real storm in March 2008. The 3D and the barotropic velocity field were analysed in order to see if the WCI in the waters of Alderney Race during storm conditions can cause a significant increase or decrease of the current speed and through which mechanisms. This study also investigates the Turbulent Kinetic Energy (TKE) in order to portray the turbulent conditions in the area of interest which are important for resource characterisation and device design.

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