Tidal energy is a form of renewable energy that has the potential to provide safe and clean power to local communities and businesses in a way that is efficient and sensitive to the environment.
How does it work?
Tidal streams are created by the constantly changing gravitational pull of the moon and sun on the world's oceans. Tides never stop, with water moving first one way, then the other, the world over. In certain areas geographic features such as headlands or channels serve to accelerate this movement of water. Since the relative positions of the sun and moon can be predicted with complete accuracy, so can the resultant tide and the electricity it can generate. It is this predictability that makes tidal energy such a valuable resource.
The development of the Torr Head tidal array will be approximately an eight year project and is the first of its kind in and around the island of Ireland. The turbines will be totally submerged, making them silent and invisible. The project is expected to be completed by 2020.