Pro-Tide aims to further develop the use of tidal energy systems in North West Europe, focusing on innovative systems operating at sites with small differences in tide levels and/or low flow rates. It is different from other tidal energy projects because of its focus on systems which may be suitable for near-shore locations, estuaries, tidal rivers and coastal defence infrastructure.
Pro-Tide has instigated:
- Research into the best available techniques for extracting power in low head and low flow environments;
- Research into minimising environmental impacts of tidal energy devices and developing monitoring strategies which are both proportionate and reasonable;
- Comparison and evaluation of the costs of innovative systems in near-shore environments, whilst exploring opportunities for cost reductions and commercial use;
- Research into public-private partnerships in developing and operating tidal power plants, including a comparison of legislation and regulations across Member states.
The project activities have taken place in the Province of Zeeland (NL), Sea Scheldt (BE), Dover (UK), Isle of Wight (UK) and Wimereux (FR).
About the Conference
This Conference will share the findings of the Pro-Tide pilot schemes with regards to the planning, development and operation of tidal energy installations. The wider tidal energy sector is invited to share their knowledge and debate further opportunities to exploit low head/flow tidal energy to make it commercially viable and to reduce the environmental impact.
The tidal energy industry will be advanced largely by device and project developers in the private sector. And the Conference will look at how the public sector can best support the industry through de-risking the development and implementation phases of projects.
The Conference will look at how the costs of in-water testing and demonstration can be reduced through its recommendations relating to installation methodologies, consenting and permitting strategies, joint investment models, stakeholder engagement and the role of the public sector in de-risking marine energy developments.
With a range of high quality and experienced speakers, the conference will be of interest to device developers, project developers, policy makers, regulators, members of the researcher and academic communities, funders, environmentalists, marine energy experts and organisations that are interested in investing in near-shore systems, such as port authorities and waterside industries.
An exhibition area is available for companies providing services and equipment in the tidal energy market. If you are interested in exhibiting, please contact:
Pro-Tide@doverport.co.uk or Vicki Jago on +44 1304 240 400 ext 4122.
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"Alternative energy sources are becoming inevitable to solve the energy challenge we are facing today. Tidal energy provides an untapped resource of predictable and reliable energy."
“Agility is a virtue; The tests indicate that it helps fish to avoid potentially dangerously moving turbine blades”Dr. ir. Jacob Van BerkelPrincipal investigator and Pro-Tide-NL Technical Coordinator
"After testing turbines in the Scheldt, we are happy to announce it is in fact possible to generate energy from the slow Scheldt current. We can even imagine it being profitable given the necessary support."
“Seeing is believing: Observing a juvenile Eel being caught by a turbine blade, and surviving without injury, convincingly proved that tidal turbines can be fish friendly”Dr. ir. Jacob Van BerkelPrincipal investigator and Pro-Tide-NL Technical Coordinator
We were amazed how easy it is to generate energy from water, with pretty simple technology.
"Tests and model based prediction of fish damage now, for the first time, clearly demonstrate that Ultra Low Head Tidal Power Plants can be fish friendly, with a survival rate between 98 and 100 %, depending on species and turbine type."Dr. ir. Jacob Van BerkelPrincipal investigator and Pro-Tide-NL Technical Coordinator