The University of Plymouth is among the partners in a new multi-million pound project that is set to be a game changer in the European tidal energy sector.
TIGER (The Tidal Stream Industry Energiser Project) is an ambitious €46.8 million project that will see turbines submerged offshore to harness the energy of tidal currents, which will then be converted into electricity.
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.
It is the biggest ever Interreg project, with a grant of €28 million coming from the European Regional Development Fund via the European Union’s Interreg France (Channel) England Programme.
The University of Plymouth, which has a world-leading reputation in various aspects of offshore renewable energy, is one of the key academic partners in the project. Its role will include modelling the tidal currents at different sites, and analysing tidal current and turbulence data. These steps are essential for informing tidal device operation planning and design.