Tidal energy is a form of hydropower that converts the energy of the tides into electricity. An emerging technology, tidal power has significant potential for future electricity generation.

Energy derived from the tides is more predictable than wind energy and solar power. There are three main ways in which power can be generated: tidal barrages, offshore tidal lagoons or tidal stream farms. This programme focuses upon tidal stream energy.

About the contributor

Mike Smith is Chief Operating Officer for Atlantis Resource Corporation. A civil engineer by training, Mike has been involved in over 100 offshore oil and gas projects in USA, Canada, North Sea, South East Asia and the Middle East. In 2004 Mike was instrumental in striking a joint venture partnering agreement with GE for the development of offshore wind in the UK, and as such has detailed technology knowledge of the offshore wind industry.

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