Structural Support for Tidal Energy Conversion at the Memorial Bridge

The Memorial Bridge crossing over the Piscataqua River between Portsmouth, NH and Kittery, ME has the capability to serve as an incubator for tidal energy conversion and storage technology. The first step in developing a field incubator site for tidal energy conversion and the Living Bridge is designing and installing a modular support frame that is adaptable to house a variety of turbine-generator systems. Through this project, an interdisciplinary team of civil, mechanical and ocean engineers would work together to advance the science and engineering of tidal energy conversion and provide an active, community-oriented laboratory for education about sustainability. In the process of testing tidal energy conversion systems, the predictable, renewable, clean energy generated via the tidal turbine would be used to power aesthetic and emergency lighting on the bridge. It would also be used to supplement the power needs of instrumentation, including structural health monitoring instrumentation, and communication systems. Research is required to determine the effects of the modular support frame and operating turbines on this and other bridges.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $100000.00
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    New Hampshire Department of Transportation

    John O. Morton Building
    P.O. Box 483
    Concord, NH  United States  03302-0483
  • Project Managers:

    Scholz, Ann

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of New Hampshire, Durham

    Department of Civil Engineering
    Durham, NH  United States  03824
  • Principal Investigators:

    Bell, Erin

  • Start Date: 20140701
  • Expected Completion Date: 20190531
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37008

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01572625
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: New Hampshire Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 26962G
  • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 11 2015 1:00AM