Tidal power, or tidal energy, is a form of hydropower that uses the energy of tides for the purposes of electricity generation.
Tides are more predictable than other renewable energy forms, such as wind energy and solar power, and this emerging renewable energy area has significant potential. Recent technological developments and improvements, both in design and turbine technology, indicate that the total availability of tidal power may be much higher than previously assumed.
It is also clear that economic and environmental costs may be brought down to competitive levels. Projects being proposed at present include the Severn Barrage. The Shannon Estuary also has considerable tidal energy potential.
- We have considerable skills that can be used in the assessment of tidal energy schemes, including estuarine barrages and tidal turbines.
- Our strong esuarine ecology background, which includes highly specialist esuarine fisheries and ornithological skills, places us at the forefront of companies ready to work in this exciting area.
As this industry emerges, we will be available to undertake Ecological Impact Assessments (EcIA) and Article 6 Appropriate Assessments for sites located within designated Natura 2000 conservation sites. We are particularly well placed to provide specialist assessments of fish (including Atlantic salmon, smelt, lampreys, and European eel), estuarine habitats and wading birds.
If you would like to discuss any potential tidal energy project, please contact us.