Great Britain has significant tidal energy potential. Harnessing this resource and making it cost effective, and attractive to investors, is a challenge.
The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) commissioned and funded the Tidal Energy Converter System Demonstrator project to establish the pathway to an “optimised low-cost architecture” that will deliver long-term commercial viability.
The endeavour - the Tidal Energy Converter (TEC) project - is led by Atlantis Resources. Black & Veatch, one of several companies working on the TEC, is acting as project manager and is providing technical expertise, primarily on the support structure and foundation aspects.
There are competing tidal energy converter prototypes. The engineering team desired to arrive at a ‘preferred architecture’ via a comprehensive analysis of existing technologies and system approaches. Key to the analysis was to adopt a systems and whole-life cost approach. This set TEC apart from most other studies.