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Customer Success Manager, Cadaline Ltd
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  • Feb 20, 2023

UK plans are afoot to deliver mature tidal energy. After years of technology Proof of Concepts, are these projects now going to become a commercial reality? 

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Matt Chester on Feb 20, 2023

The biggest challenge always seems to be long-term survival of equipment in some of the harshest environments. Have there been improvements that have made tidal more ready to manage these difficulties? 

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Carl Birkenhead on Feb 21, 2023

As the article states, there are significant inherent issues with harsh environment operation. Solar and land-based turbines being far easier to access and maintain, and thus cheaper to produce have shown the greatest promise, but natural product development will improve longevity of subsea technology. 

The North sea is quite a harsh environment, and access is not easy nor cheap, but the challenges have been overcome cost-effectively, so I think it looks hopeful that tidal power will be part of the renewables power generation mix.       

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