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Energy crisis lifeline as plummeting price of tidal power to spark huge cheap power boost

  • November 25, 2022

But while big advances have been made in the rollout of sources like offshore wind, in which Britain is a world leader, the cost of tidal power had previously been putting off the Government and investors. 

However, the costs of deploying turbines in tidal streams is continuing to plummet, attracting a growing interest in the energy source that comes from tidal waves, which come at predictable hours every day. 

Previously speaking to, Professor Conchúr Ó Brádaigh, Head of the School of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh explained that this is tidal power’s “big advantage”.

He said that tidal turbines “have the advantage that they’re just like wind energy, they directly capture the flow in the current”. He added: “The big advantage of tidal energy is that its entirely predictable. If you can predict the tidal flow for six months, you can predict it forever. That’s a great advantage on wind energy for utilities, because they can predict exactly when the tidal energy will be generated.”

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