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Hutton waves ahead tidal energy project in the Humber

Monday 7 April 2008 09:01
Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (National)

Hutton waves ahead tidal energy project in the Humber


The UK is continuing to lead the world in marine renewables technology as the Secretary of State for Energy, John Hutton, grants planning permission for a prototype tidal stream generator to be tested in the Humber Estuary near Grimsby.

The model has been developed by Pulse Tidal Ltd with financial backing of 878,000 from the Government. When it is in the water the pulse generator will be capable of generating up to 0.15MW and will be one of the first tidal power machines to supply the national grid. If it is successful, it will be used to develop larger 1MW units which could be deployed in arrays each generating up to 100MW, enough to power the equivalent of 70,000 homes.

The prototype will be positioned off the south bank of the Humber at Upper Burcom near Stallingborough. It will work by extracting energy from underwater currents in a manner similar to wind turbines. Energy from tidal flows will power a pair of straight horizontal hydrofoils, 11 metres in length, which will move up and down like a dolphin's tail.

John Hutton said:

"Our continued support for these emerging technologies is essential if the UK is to cement its position as a world leader in marine.

"I have made clear our commitments to renewable energy and to marine technologies. We will be doubling the support available for those technologies under the Renewables Obligation. This kind of tidal project, if proven, will go some way to helping the UK meet its ambitious targets for clean, green energy.

"I wish Pulse Tidal every success in the trials."

Notes to editors:

1. The project has been granted under the Transport and Works Act Order. It will be piloted for a period of up to three years and then removed.

2. A licence from the Marine and Fisheries Agency under the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985 is also required before the prototype can be put in the water. This has been granted.

3. For further details about the prototype please contact Pulse Tidal Ltd.
Director: Howard Nimmo. Mob: 07902 293868
howard.nimmo@pulsetidal.com

4. The Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform helps UK business succeed in an increasingly competitive world. It promotes business growth and a strong enterprise economy, leads the better regulation agenda and champions free and fair markets. It is the shareholder in a number of Government-owned assets and it works to secure, clean and competitively priced energy supplies

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Re: Hutton waves ahead tidal energy project in the Humber

Behemoth wrote:
The model has been developed by Pulse Tidal Ltd with financial backing of 878,000 from the Government. When it is in the water the pulse generator will be capable of generating up to 0.15MW


That's 5.85 per installed Watt. Hopefully the cost will decrease for larger scaled systems. Solar PV is around 3-4 per installed Watt.
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