A group of companies, universities and public bodies in the UK and France have launched the €46.8 million (£40.4m) Tidal Stream Industry Energiser Project (TIGER), which aims to install 8MW of tidal stream devices in the English Channel.
TIGER wants to use the devices to drive the development of further products and services.
The total theoretical tidal energy capacity in the Channel is nearly 4GW, enough to power up to three million homes.
The project is being led by the UK’s Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (OREC) and involves 19 partners, with 69% of the funding coming from the European Regional Development Fund’s Interreg France (Channel) England Programme.
Stephen Wyatt, OREC’s Research & Innovation Director, described the project as “game-changing” and added: “This project brings together multiple organisations from across the UK and French supply chains to work towards validating the pathway to commercialisation, ensuring that sustainable, predictable and affordable tidal electricity plays a role our future energy mix as we tackle the global climate emergency.”