On the Internet appeared shots of the installation of a tidal generator in the Bay of Fundy off the coast of North America. As expected, with full output, he will be able to provide electricity to 500 homes.
The choice of the location of the generator is not accidental. In the Bay of Fundy (Nova Scotia), the world’s largest tides (a difference of more than 17 m, water volume of about 115 billion cubic meters), which will produce up to 2 MW of electricity.
In the project to install a turbine on the seabed involved companies OpenHydro and Emera. This is the second such project. The first in 2009 ended unsuccessfully. The installed turbine could not withstand the force of the tide, as a result of which its blades collapsed. A new generator with a height of 5-storey house and weighing 1,000 tons will surely cope with this huge load.
It is believed that tidal turbines are more expensive than energy from TPPs and solar panels . Still, the team hopes that the more new turbines are installed, the cheaper the electricity produced by them will be, therefore, in the near future it is planned to install one more similar turbine.
By the end of 2017 the power of tidal power plants will reach 16 MW, and by the end of 2020 – 300 MW.