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Tidal energy potential in UK waters


Burrows, R and Walkington, IA and Yates, NC and Hedges, TS and Li, M and Zhou, JG and Chen, DY and Wolf, J and Holt, J and Proctor, R, Tidal energy potential in UK waters, Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Maritime Engineering, 162, (4) pp. 155-164. ISSN 1741-7597 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1680/maen.2009.162.4.155


This paper describes the substantial potential of tidal barrage solutions for renewable energy generation in the UK. It demonstrates that installations on as few as eight major estuaries should be capable ofmeeting at least 10% of present electricity demand, and possibly significantly more, employing fully proven technology. This should be achievable, under favourable UK Treasury discount rates, at unit electricity prices that are likely to be competitive against future costs of alternative sources. This potential substantially exceeds that of 'tidal stream' turbine or practicable 'lagoon' systems, much vaunted in recent times. It also draws attention to a recent study investigating the tidal power potential in the north-west of England.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Electrical engineering
Research Field:Electrical energy generation (incl. renewables, excl. photovoltaics)
Objective Division:Energy
Objective Group:Renewable energy
Objective Field:Tidal energy
UTAS Author:Proctor, R (Dr Roger Proctor)
ID Code:75270
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:20
Deposited By:Integrated Marine Observing System
Deposited On:2012-01-19
Last Modified:2012-01-19

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