As part of the IOP Energy series, Dr Les Duckers will discuss the future of wave and tidal power.
Marine energy systems are promising major contributions to the UK and Irish electrical grids and so are attracting a great deal of attention at the moment. Les Duckers will illustrate the reasons for this in terms of the wave and tidal resources, the underlining physics of some of the candidate technologies, and the engineering considerations. The simplest wave energy converter is the Oscillating Water Column which has been piloted in as many as 10 countries, largely as a structure fixed to the seabed.
The big prize, though, is to deploy floating wave energy converters in large numbers as wave farms in deep water. The recent government announcement to not allow the Severn Tidal barrage to proceed will be discussed, along with the tidal alternatives. Les will use his long background in renewable R&D to put some of the developments into a historical context and to provide an estimate of the World Potential of the wave and tidal technologies.
Non-members welcome, refreshments available from 19:00, the talk will begin 19:30.