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UK investigates impact of tidal energy devices

The UK Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) is developing a model of the UK’s tidal energy resources to look at interactions between extraction systems and the effect energy availability.

By Renewable Energy Focus staff

The Tidal Modelling Project will look at how energy extraction at one site might affect the energy available and the nature of tidal energy resources at other sites.

Dr David Clarke, CEO of the ETI, says: “As more of the UK’s tidal resource is extracted by either tidal stream or tidal range technologies, the interactions between different installations at locations around the UK’s coastline may become more significant.

“It is important that we understand more about the impact installations may have on the total energy resource around the British Isles and other Western European coastlines.

“Developing this modelling tool will allow the ETI to characterise the UK’s tidal energy resource, and evaluate the combined effects of energy extraction from potential sites in the future.”

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