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Published on February 13th, 2016 | by Guest Contributor


100 MW Tidal Power System Moving Forward

February 13th, 2016 by  

Originally published on Sustainnovate.
By Henry Lindon

Fair Head Tidal Moving Ahead With Plans For 100 MW Tidal Power Array In Northern Ireland

Fair Head Tidal will be moving ahead with its plans to develop a 100 megawatt (MW) tidal energy project in Northern Ireland — by submitting a marine license application later this summer.

The company — a joint venture between Cork-based DP Energy and Belgium’s Bluepower NV — has previously revealed that it expects project costs to end up totaling £400 million, if the project goes forward.

The subsea tidal turbine project — the Fair Head Tidal Energy Park — is slated for placement off the coast of north Antrim, near Ballycastle, and is expected to generate enough electricity to provide for the needs of around 70,000 households.

Extensive onshore and offshore surveys have already been performed for the area, and are currently being analyzed. Findings will be included in the marine license application.

The company is still on track to begin construction on the project in 2018, according to DP Energy’s project manager, Clodagh McGrath.

“The Fair Head Tidal development strategy is to progress with a 100 MW offshore consent application and build the project in phases, planned to commence in 2018. In the past 3 years we have engaged with a wide range of project stakeholders including local communities and government departments,” McGrath noted.

“We will of course continue this engagement process as we finalize our plans and look forward to hosting more local open days this spring before we complete our application. At these open days we will be sharing details on the surveys completed, the proposed tidal energy technologies and how we plan to bring the energy ashore and connect into the national electricity grid.”

The first phase of the project would begin with a 10 MW pilot array.

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  • Donald Zenga

    Tidal energy can become another major energy source given the vast size of the oceans and the strong tides. A much smaller tidal turbine can generate as much energy as much larger wind turbine because of the density of water.

    Few other companies are operating in this are. 100 MW seems very impressive.

  • poningru

    Is that 4 pounds per watt installed? That seems cheaper than expected for a tidal project.

    • Matt

      Was wondering what the capacity factor there is. When the pilot is listed as 10MW I assume that is at peak flow rates.

  • Martin

    Cool, will that be the worlds biggest tidal, of that kind, project?

    • JamesWimberley

      No. Google Inchon. It may be the biggest tidal stream project, as opposed to tidal barrage, the traditional type. Reports on tidal should always remember this distinction.

      • Zorba

        I remember reading about a possible 5GW potential at the proposed Severn Barrage, but it seems that project has died off completely now.

        • Martin

          As for potential tidal power, the Bay of Fundy, in eastern Canada, it’s water flow exceeds that of all rivers and streams on the planet.
          That fact is published every year in the Royal Astronomical Society Handbook (and has been for at least 20 + years).
          So what would that potential be. for tidal power, say at only 10 %.
          The second largest potential for tidal power is in Canada as well, bur it is not close to power lines etc, also in eastern Canada, but much further north.

        • egriff5514

          The Severn Barrage plans have been rejected and cannot proceeed – the environmental impact in a RAMSAR area to wintering birds would always cause plans to be rejected.

          The Meygen tidal stream project is up and running off Scotland…

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