Could this be powering homes on the Bellarine?

ETI backs Atlantis
ReNews 23 May 2012

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The Energy Technologies Institute has chosen consortium led by Atlantis Resources Corporation to receive development support under its Tidal Energy Converter System Demonstrator project.

Atlantis and partners will benefit from an ETI investment of up to £3.2m in the assessment of a variety of tidal system configurations and potential technology choices to identify cost reductions.

If a clear path can be seen to achieving cost of energy targets, then phase one will continue to develop the most promising innovations and architecture in readiness for demonstration.

If successful, the project will progress to a £10m second phase where system and sub-system solutions will be developed towards commercial readiness and demonstrated in a “realistic offshore environment”.

The project will be managed by Black and Veatch and draw extensively on the systems integration and technology skills of Lockheed Martin, ETI said.

Energy minister Charles Hendry, who unveiled the award at the All Energy conference in Aberdeen this morning, said the initiative is part of a wider programme of public support to marine innovation.

Government will plough up to £80m over three years into the sector to drive down costs “to levels comparable to other low carbon systems.”

Achieving a competitive cost of energy will be “critical in accelerating the development and commercialisation of tidal energy converter device arrays,” Hendry said.

3 thoughts on “Could this be powering homes on the Bellarine?

  1. husni

    Hi Adam,Great post. As America continues to rest on our lerauls, our global competitors surge ahead, developing the clean energy technologies (and industries) of the future.One note though: in regards to tidal power potential, you significantly over-report the potential here. The Navy post you link to refers to the energy generation potential of technology, or OTEC, which uses the temperature (and/or salinity) gradients in different layers of the ocean to extract energy. This technology is very pre-commercial, and while it is still unclear whether large amounts of ocean thermal energy can be harnessed at competitive rates, it is one of three distinct ocean energy technologies, and of the three, has the largest useful global energy potential. is at a similar stage of development as tidal, with several designs in pilot demonstration across the world (with centers of activity in Oregon, Scotland, and Portugal). Harnessing the motion and power of ocean waves could net a total useful global energy potential of about 2 TW, according to some estimates. is the third ocean energy technology,’ and the one with the least energy potential. Tidal power uses the ebb and flow of tides, usually through narrow inlets or channels, to generate electricity. The technology large turbines is similar to wave power or in-stream, run-of-river hydropower turbines (which may have far more potential than tidal energy). (Older generation tidal power stations use huge dams known as barrage dams’ to trap tidal inflow into estuaries, but this technology is both expensive and more environmentally damaging). While OTEC may be utilized across much of the tropical and equatorial oceans and wave power can be generated across the western coasts of most continents and islands, tidal power generation is only possible at a few dozen select locations throughout the world, with very strong tidal currents. Total global potential for ocean tidal power , or a couple of orders of magnitude smaller than the energy potential for wave power or OTEC.So unfortunately, tidal power isn’t very scalable, although it may make very good sense as a contributor to regional energy systems in certain parts of the world. Developing the technology, however, may lead to commercially viable in-stream hydrokinetic turbines (), which use very similar technology to capture power from rivers without requiring the construction of a hydropower dam and with minimal environmental impact. Hydrokinetic turbines could greatly expand worldwide hydropower capacity.

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