What Is The Potential For Tidal Energy?

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Tidal Energy Will Play A Major Roll In Renewable Energy Produced In The Future

One estimate for the tidal power potential worldwide is 120 GW. That is huge.

The following map shows some of the locations. As we move forward developing this resource more locations will be identified. And in addition to ocean tides, river currents will also be producing power in the future.

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  • This article at tidal energy today goes on to say, It has been estimated that tidal stream energy could theoretically supply more than 150 TW/h per annum, well in excess of all domestic electricity consumption in the UK. This represents a potential total global market size of up to 90 GW of generating capacity.
  • The UK’s tidal power resource is estimated to be more than 10 GW, representing about 50 percent of Europe’s tidal energy capacity.
  • The Bay of Fundy between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia is the most promising location in Canada for tidal energy and could potentially produce as much as 30.000 MW of energy .
  • China has abundant resources of tidal power with more than 18.000 kilometers of mainland coastline and more than 14.000 kilometers of island coastline, with an estimated tidal power capacity of 3.5 GW according to the China Ocean Energy Resources Division.
  • Australia and New Zealand have large ocean energy resources but do not yet generate any power from them.
  • The Source Article has more details on other countries.

 

As you can see the potential is huge.


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