Tidal Energy to Power Homes in Northern Ireland

May 16, 2008 11:31 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
The world's first deepwater tidal energy plant will start providing commercial amounts of electricity to homes in Northern Ireland this May.

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When it begins operating, the SeaGen Tidal System near Northern Ireland will produce enough electricity to supply 1,000 homes with power.

The system, constructed by Marine Current Turbines, will be the world's first deepwater tidal facility to supply electricity at commercial levels.

The SeaGen facility joins a growing array of projects around the world seeking to harness the power of the oceans to create renewable energy resources.

Most of the project will be commissioned by May 2008, and full commissioning is anticipated by July 2008. If SeaGen is successful, a full tidal farm could be constructed by the end of 2010 or 2011.

Tidal energy holds promise because of the massive size of the oceans and the predictability of the tides. Ocean-generated power could replace some of the electricity produced by fossil fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

For now, however, the technology is still in its infancy. Although the full benefits of tidal energy won't be realized until the technology is more advanced, new developments have been rapid.

Headline Link: Turbine technology is turning the tides into power of the future

Background: History of tidal energy

Related Topic: Additional ocean-powered projects

Reference: Ocean energy technology


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