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Making tidal power a commercial reality

The tidal power industry is invited to join an initiative to help enable tidal energy to become a commercial reality at a ‘How to Build a Tidal Array in a Day’ seminar on 25 October during the RenewableUK 2011 conference and exhibition in Manchester, UK.

By Kari Williamson

The one day seminar will examine the key end-to-end challenges required to deploy a 100 MW tidal power array - and the solutions needed to ensure its success.

The challenges include: Site Assessment, Design, Planning and Deployment, and must be overcome to meet the UK Government’s target of commissioning nearly 2 GW of installed wave and tidal energy capacity by 2020.

The tidal power seminar is being hosted by RenewableUK with marine energy stakeholders Sustainable Marine Technologies (SMT), IT Power, MacArtney, SMD and Aquatera.

David Krohn, Wave and Tidal Development Manager at RenewableUK, says: “The next 8 years present significant technical challenges for the deployment of tidal energy projects.

“This interactive seminar will help find solutions to deliver the tidal arrays required to meet the Government’s targets, and enable Tidal Energy to reach its full potential in contributing to the essential shift from diminishing and polluting fossil fuels to renewable energies.”

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