Strong Tides along UK Coast could create Electricity for less than cost of Nuclear Power
The UK has the second biggest tides in the world after Canada, peaking in the Bristol Channel, and along the coast of north Wales and northwest England – but it still hasn’t seized the use of tidal power.
Professor Roger Falconer, a leading consultant in water and environmental engineering, told Sky News: “It’s a big miss.
“Tidal is a natural resource with tremendous opportunities and we should be seizing them.”
There are two ways of capturing energy from the tides. One involves anchoring small turbines in areas with a rapid flow of seawater, such as between the Orkney Islands where some prototypes are being tested. But, like wind turbines, large numbers would be needed to make a meaningful contribution to the UK energy supply. Engineers say a far bigger potential is in capturing energy from tidal range, the difference in height between high and low tide.
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