Tidal Energy

A form of hydropower that converts the energy of tides into useful forms of power, mainly electricity. The UK is estimated to produce around 50% of Europe’s tidal energy resource.

Among the most efficient energy sources, tides are highly predictable, their natural and regular fall and rise substantially more cyclical than the comparative randomness of weather patterns. At larger scales, the harnessing of tidal power will result in better energy security as the need for imported fuel decreases; and the methods of tidal energy capture – in the shape of modest dams and barrages – can be multitasked to act as coastal storm protection.