Tidal Current Energy Resource Assessment Around Buton Island, Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia

Agustinus Ribal, Amir Kamal Amir, Syamsuddin Toaha, Jeffry Kusuma, Khaeruddin Khaeruddin


An early stage of assessing tidal current energy resources is carried out in this present work. Tidal current power is estimated around Buton Island, Southeast Sulawesi province, Indonesia. Two-dimensional, depth-integrated of Advanced Circulation (ADCIRC) model has been used to simulate tidal elevation and barotropic tidal current around the island. Green’s function approach has been used to improve eight tidal constituents on the open boundary conditions based on the tide gauge data. Interestingly, some very promising locations for harvesting tidal current energy were found in the vicinity of the island. In fact, around the island, tidal current speed is almost two meters per second and the highest tidal current power in the selected station is 308.7 W/m2.

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