Kinda Big?…notice the peoples
When completed in 2012, the tidal power project will be able to power up to 4,000 homes. EDF started the project in 2004 and began work on it in 2008. Total cost? About 40 million euros ($55 million).
While this is the world’s first large-scale, grid-connected tidal energy farm, OpenHydro has projects in the US, Canada, France, Scotland and the UK’s Channel Islands.
OpenHydro won the Engineers Ireland Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Company of the Year award last month and was a winner of the 2011 Later Stage Awards announced today by the Global Cleantech Cluster Association.
Tidal power is, obviously, still a nascent industry. But its advantages, such as low environmental impact and it being “out of sight” (i.e. not in anyone’s backyard), make it a renewable energy source that can certainly grow in use in the coming decades. I think the main issues are are just bringing costs down and getting initial project like this up, proving its viability and utility.
courtesy of Clean.Technica