The Case for Tidal

21st century energy challenges now mean that the world is ready to embrace renewable energy as a financially viable and obvious resource to allow us a decreased dependency on environmentally damaging fossil fuels.

The benefits of tidal power are numerous, and as the industry continues to mature and commercialise, huge opportunities to identify and harness tidal resources as a reliable and efficient form of energy production are being realised.

From an environmental perspective, as with other renewable sources, tidal energy produces no greenhouse gases or other waste. However, unlike other technologies in the renewable sector, tidal energy is a completely reliable and predictable source of energy given that tides can be predicted in advance. It is also a highly efficient form of energy generation; compared with coal and oil at 30%, tidal power efficiency is rated at approximately 80%.

This simply means that less useable energy is lost when generating energy via tidal methods as opposed to fossil fuels.

Tidal also makes a good deal of sense commercially. Beyond the initial development and installation outlay, tidal is a free natural resource which does not incur ongoing fuel costs like existing traditional energy sources, or cumbersome maintenance like nuclear energy plants, meaning that by comparison it is not expensive to maintain. By utilising offshore sub-marine turbines, the impact on local communities is minimised and objections to blights on the landscape are avoided.

To allay any concerns regarding the potential impact of tidal power devices on underwater environments, ARE has commissioned independent surveys and ACRE is developing a Regional Environmental Assessment Framework. ARE is committed to making tidal energy a commercially viable, environmentally sound addition to the UK and Europe's renewable energy mix.

ARE is the catalyst for delivering low carbon energy to the UK and Europe