Harnessing tidal wave energy raises the profile of renewables in the UK

The United Kingdom’s tidal power flagship project has entered the penultimate demonstrational construction phase.

11th July 2016

Harnessing tidal wave energy raises the profile of renewables in the UK

The United Kingdom’s tidal power flagship project has entered the penultimate demonstrational construction phase.

The MeyGen Tidal Array Project is being undertaken in the Pentland Firth in Scotland and has received a £10 million support from the UK Government’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

Upon completion, the project is expected to achieve several objectives, one of which is to advance marine renewable knowledge and technology. It is also expected to supply up to 175,000 homes in Scotland with clean power.

The innovative project has attracted a number of investors, including the Department of Energy and Climate Change, the Crown Estate, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the Scottish Executive. Apart from administering the DECC grant, Black & Veatch is also providing technical advice to the other investors.

The project comes after a long-time study of tidal energy to ascertain the feasibility of a project of such magnitude and dimension. It has been established that tidal energy is more reliable as compared to other renewable sources such as wind and solar. This is because of the ease of predictability of the quantity of energy to be expected and when it will be coming in.

“What the MeyGen project is going to do is deepen our understanding of how tides behave under the waves. There are huge amounts of tidal stream power available worldwide, and this project is going to move the industry forward by leaps and bounds,” said Richard Boud, Black & Veatch’s European Renewable Energy Business Development Manager.

The project involves the installation of four 1.5 MW underwater turbines. One is from the project's majority owner, Atlantis Resources, while the rest are provided by Andritz Hydro Hammerfest.

Black & Veatch is also involved in another tidal power project in Indonesia, an indication that the rest of the world is warming up to this source of renewable energy.

Published by Green Jobs Online - 11th July 2016

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