An Initial Tidal Power Resource Estimation at Jhari Creek of Indus Delta, Sindh, Pakistan

Mirza Salman Baig, Zaheer Uddin, Ambreen Insaf

Abstract


Energy crisis in Pakistan is one of the severe challenges the country is facing today. Electricity is essential part of our daily life and its shortage has severely affected the economy and the other segments of society. This shortfall of electricity is increasing day by day and situation becomes worst especially in summer. The energy crisis are caused due to disproportionate dependence on non-renewable energy resources. The most effective solution that has been found to overcome such crisis is the use of tidal energy, because tidal energy has a significant advantage over many other forms of renewable energy as it is almost perfectly predicted over long time horizons. Therefore, first time an attempt has been made to estimate the tidal energy resources at Jhari creek of Indus Delta, Sindh, Pakistan. For this purpose real time tidal data is acquired from Pakistan Navy and tidal resources are estimated. Potential power density is calculated for the duration of four months May-August 2013 and found that highest potential mean spring power density was observed in June 2013 that was 1.67 W/m2.

Keywords


Tidal energy, harmonic constituents, tidal range, power density and creek

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ISSN: 1927-5129