Presented by Marine Energy Research Group and Low Carbon Research Institute  

Dr Ian Horsfall
College of Science / Swansea University

Dr Iain Fairley
Marine Energy Research Group / Swansea University

Dr Ian Masters
Marine Energy Research Group / Swansea University

Tom Lake
Marine Energy Research Group / Swansea University

Exhibit blog

summer-science:

Michael from the Tidal Turbine exhibit talks about the future of renewable energy in the UK.

Find out more about this exhibit here: http://sse.royalsociety.org/2013/exhibits/tidal-turbine

Further reading

The rapid depletion of fossil fuels and their negative impact on the environment is putting pressure on scientists and industry to identify sustainable alternative energy sources. OFGEM warns the UK is predicted to experience power shortages by 2015, and the instability of fossil fuel supplies put national security at risk. The ability to produce energy from low carbon technologies is essential to reduce carbon emissions and its impact on ecosystems through climate change.

003 Image _310 Secondary Merin Broudic deploying his hydrophone to study underwater noise.

How it works

This exhibit demonstrates how scientists can generate electricity from the sea, harnessing the energy created by tidal streams and waves. The expertise of physicists, engineers, biologists and chemists are being used to design underwater structures to capture this energy, and study its impact on the marine ecosystem.

This type of hydropower provides a predictable and steady stream of power from a renewable resource. Accurately quantifying the benefits and challenges of producing energy from the sea is paramount to ensure it is a viable and sustainable energy source for the UK. The UK has the best tidal and wave resource in the world and the most advanced offshore wind industry, putting it in the ideal position to research and advance the harness the power of sea waves and currents.

Lead Image: Computational Fluid Dynamic model of a tidal stream turbine array.