Welcome to Tidal Ventures

Tidal Ventures is a joint venture (JV) partnership between Brookfield Renewable and OpenHydro, a DCNS company, set-up in 2010.

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Tidal Ventures is committed to innovating and leading the way for the future of tidal energy and the benefits this will bring to the local communities and the wider area.

What is Tidal Energy?

Tidal energy is a form of renewable energy that uses the velocity of ocean tides to generate power through turbines on the seabed. It has the potential to provide safe and clean energy to local communities and businesses, while at the same time being efficient and sensitive to the environment.

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Location: Torr Head

We have been awarded an Agreement for Lease for an offshore site area located to the east of Rathlin Island and Ballycastle off the north coast of County Antrim in Northern Ireland. This means we will carry out more detailed investigations to get a better understanding of the impacts of constructing a tidal energy array there. Our site lies adjacent to another separate proposed tidal energy site which is being investigated by Fair Head Tidal Energy.

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About Tidal Ventures

Our Tidal Ventures team are experts in their fields and everything we do is based on sound research and world-class, proven technology. Sustainability and empowering people underscores how we think as a team, and all our activities are carried out with an accountability, awareness of and sensitivity to the implications they could potentially have on the local community and environment.

Once the relevant consents are obtained for the Torr Head development, our intention is to deploy turbines which will not be visible above the surface of the water. The proposed tidal energy array will have the capacity to generate 100MW of electricity. The project is expected to be completed by 2020.

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Construction of the tidal energy array, which will be fully submerged, will only proceed once the appropriate consents and licences are in place. This includes –

  • A Marine Licence for the offshore elements, submitted to the Department of Environment (DoE) Marine Division
  • Article 39 Consent, submitted to the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI)
  • Onshore planning permission which will be submitted to the DOE Planning Service.

An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) has been completed for each element of the project including the production of an accompanying Environmental Statement (ES).This document is available to view in our downloads section. Check our Q&A section to find out answers to commonly asked questions about tidal energy and the Tidal Ventures project.

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