The Deep Green technique for tidal power generation is suitable for moderate flows which is attractive since larger areas for tidal energy generation hereby can be used. It operates typically at mid-depth and can be seen as a “flying” kite with a turbine and generator attached underneath. It moves in a lying figure-eight path almost perpendicular to the tidal flow.
Large eddy simulations and an adaption of the actuator line method (in order to describe arbitrary paths) are used to study the turbulent flow with and without Deep Green for a specific site. This methodology can in later studies be used for e.g. array analysis that include Deep Green interaction. It is seen that Deep Green creates a unique wake composed of two velocity deficit zones with increased velocity in each wake core. The flow has a tendency to be directed downwards which results in locally increased bottom shear. The persistence of flow disturbances of Deep Green can be scaled with its horizontal path width, Dy, with a velocity deficit of 5% at approximately 8–10 Dy downstream of the power plant. The turbulence intensity and power deficit are approximately two times the undisturbed value and 10%, respectively, at 10 Dy.