Using Tidal Power to Produce Electricity

March 20 2008 / by Venessa Posavec / In association with Future
Category: Energy   Year: 2015   Rating: 6

Information about new forms of renewable energy seems to come out in waves. A few months ago, solar was everywhere. Now, I’m seeing a lot about energy derived from water. In particular, two projects caught my eye, one in Ireland and the other in South Korea. Both operate on the premise of harnessing the power of fast-moving tidal streams to generate electricity.

In Northern Ireland, Marine Current Turbines is planning to have the world’s first tidal stream device up and running this Monday. The SeaGen turbine is being installed in the mouth of Strangford Lough – one of the fastest tidal flows – giving it the capacity to provide sustainable electricity to about 1,000 homes. The company believes it can improve the technology significantly, so that one turbine could power over 400,000 homes by 2015.


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