Tidal energy from wind components?

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by Tim Biglow, May 19, 2015.

  1. Here goes my first posting.
    Please help me understand the technical feasibility or infeasibility of this idea.
    Consider a barge with capacity 7000 tons DWT. Assume the tide changes <= 1cm/minute.
    Suppose each piling to which it's moored has a rack for a pinion to mesh with.
    Each pinion is connected to a gear train on board the barge and has an overall ratio of 1:1250 (huge).
    The end of the gear train drives a low speed (~50 RPM) alternator.
    To achieve target watts out of this, the end of the gear train must also provide enough torque.
    I have expressed 3 demonstration scenarios in the pictured spreadsheet and would be most grateful for your thoughts. What obstacles would need to be overcome for a feasible prototype? Clear as mud?
    Please and thank you, Tim Biglow

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