Tidal Energy – The Future

In June 2020, Britain passed a significant energy production landmark having gone a full two months without burning coal to generate power (The National Grid Electricity System Operator, ESO June 2020).

Rewind back 10 years and the landscape was very different. Great Britain generated 75% of its electricity from coal and natural gas. But by the end of the decade, these fossil fuels accounted for just 40%, with coal generation collapsing from the decade’s peak of 41% in 2012 to under 2% in 2019. (Grant Wilson, Iain Staffell & Noa Godfrey, The Conversation, June 2020). Furthermore, the same study revealed that this year it is expected that renewable energy will generate more power than fossil fuels added together, with recent reports finding renewables were responsible for 37% of electricity supplied to the network compared to 35% for fossil fuels (according to records kept by Drax Electric Insights).

A recent report, BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2019, found that Hydro Energy led the way when it came to renewable power, weighing in with 4,239 Terawatt hours worldwide in 2018 – over 1,500 Terawatt hours ahead of nuclear and over 3,000 Terawatt hours ahead of wind energy.

Global wave and tidal energy production has increased tenfold in the past decade, according to a report released by a major ocean energy organisation (The Ocean Energy Systems (OES) annual report March 2020) – and it promises to become more and more prominent due to it being reliable and not dependent on sunshine or wind. 

The appetite to move to green energy is already apparent, with the UK already having the biggest offshore wind industry in the world as well as the world’s largest single wind farm – but it also enjoys some of the highest tidal ranges in the World. TPGen24 is set to play a huge role in the energy landscape not just in and around our shores, but all over the world.