ETI project targets marine energy potential

The United Kingdom’s Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has approved a US$12 million (8 million euros) project that promises to unlock the UK’s marine energy potential.

The Performance Assessment of Wave and Tidal Array Systems project calls for the development of models to predict the potential of tidal stream generator arrays.

“Although the UK has huge marine potential, investment is being held back by uncertainty about the overall costs involved and potential returns on investment in wave and tidal technologies,” said David Clarke, ETI’s chief executive officer.

Engineering consultant Garrad Hassan is the project leader. EDF Energy, EON, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Oxford, Queen’s University Belfast, and the University of Manchester also are participating in the project.

“This project will deliver greatly improved modeling tools to provide more accurate forecasting of energy yields and reduce the uncertainty and investment risk faced by project developers when planning large-scale wave and tidal energy schemes,” Clarke said.

ETI officials said there is currently no available software or method for estimating the average annual energy production of a wave or tidal stream energy farm.

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