Sediment transport processes in the presence of intense currents

Duration: 36 months (2016 - 2019)


Tidal turbines will be deployed in extremely energetic environments that may induce an intense sediment transport. This process threatens the proper functioning of the turbines and may shorten their useful life-span. The lack of knowledge on the sediment transport processes occurring at tidal energy sites must be reduced to allow optimal turbine design and to reduce the tidal energy industry LCOE.


To improve hydro-sedimentary modelling through measurement campaigns.

Scientific and technical contents

  • Development of measurement systems for hydro-sedimentary processes followed by deployment at tidal sites.
  • Processing and analysis of field data.
  • Regional hydro-sedimentary modelling of the Alderney Race.


Project sheet (PDF)

Partners and funding

This project was led by SHOM and France Energies Marines.

The total project budget was €1,313K.

This project received funding from France Energies Marines and its members and partners, as well as French State funding managed by the National Research Agency under the Investments for the Future Programme (ANR-10-IEED-0006-10).

Photo credit: France Energies Marines

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