The TIGER project will demonstrate that tidal stream energy (TSE) is a maturing industry, capable of achieving an accelerated cost reduction pathway.
The project will position the Channel region at the heart of the sector by:
- addressing technology challenges;
- building supply chain;
- switching on new sites; and
- installing new turbines.
The project aims to drive the growth of tidal stream energy by installing up to 8 MW of new tidal capacity at sites in and around the Channel region thus driving innovation and the development of new products and services.
Essentially, turbines submerged off the coast will harness the energy of tidal currents that will be converted into electricity.
TIGER will make a stronger, more cost-effective case for tidal stream to become part of the energy mix in the UK and France by harnessing economies of scale via volume manufacturing and multi-device deployments. Coastal communities used as ports of deployment will benefit from knock-on investment and job creation.
The total theoretical tidal energy capacity in the Channel region is nearly 4 GW, enough to power up to three million homes. Proving that tidal energy generation can be cost-effective on a large scale could open the door for it to become the renewable energy of choice in coastal locations with strong tidal currents globally, helping the growth of clean, green energy generation and tackling the climate emergency.
The project will install up to 8 MW of additional energy capacity, ultimately leading to:
- a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions of ~11,000 tonnes per annum;
- investment in coastal communities, leading to an economic increase in GVA of €13 million per annum; and
- a tidal energy cost reduction towards €150/MWh.