Marine Tidal Energy Background

Tidal stream technologies work by extracting some of the kinetic energy from fast-flowing tidal currents and converting that kinetic energy to electricity. Underwater turbines generate electricity in a similar manner to wind turbine technology, however due to the dense nature of water significant power is generated from relatively small turbine diameters and at lower flow speeds.

Surrounded by the Irish Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, Northern Ireland has a recognised potential for the production of marine tidal energy. The conclusions from a substantial number of studies highlight that Northern Ireland has a considerable tidal current resource, mostly located on several sites along the north east coast, that have the potential to produce many hundreds of megawatts of energy for the supply of bulk electricity to the region.

The Department of Enterprise Trade and Investment announced the commencement of a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of Northern Ireland’s marine tidal resource on 2 December 2008. The draft results of the SEA were published in December 2009 by DETI for consultation in conjunction with a draft Strategic Action Plan for Northern Ireland's marine energy. Upon completion of the assessment, it is envisaged that the Crown Estate will make a call for proposals for marine tidal projects.
 

Marine Tidal Energy Background

Tidal stream technologies work by extracting some of the kinetic energy from fast-flowing tidal currents and converting that kinetic energy to electricity. Underwater turbines generate electricity in a similar manner to wind turbine technology, however due to the dense nature of water significant power is generated from relatively small turbine diameters and at lower flow speeds.

Surrounded by the Irish Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, Northern Ireland has a recognised potential for the production of marine tidal energy. The conclusions from a substantial number of studies highlight that Northern Ireland has a considerable tidal current resource, mostly located on several sites along the north east coast, that have the potential to produce many hundreds of megawatts of energy for the supply of bulk electricity to the region.

The Department of Enterprise Trade and Investment announced the commencement of a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of Northern Ireland’s marine tidal resource on 2 December 2008. The draft results of the SEA were published in December 2009 by DETI for consultation in conjunction with a draft Strategic Action Plan for Northern Ireland's marine energy. Upon completion of the assessment, it is envisaged that the Crown Estate will make a call for proposals for marine tidal projects.
 

B9 Offshore        T: +44 (0)28 2826 3900   F: +44 (0)28 2826 3901   E: info@b9energy.com    W: www.b9energy.com

Copyright of B9 Energy Group 2015. All Rights Reserved | Login