Royal Society’s Summer Exhibition 2013: British Sea Power

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A team of Swansea University scientists will be at the Royal Society’s Summer Exhibition 2013 with a unique display showing how electricity can be generated from the sea by harnessing the energy created by tidal stream currents.

Generating power from the seaPhysicists, engineers, biologists and chemists are all working together at the College of Engineering’s  Marine Energy Research Group (MERG) to help optimise  the technology that captures this energy, and to study any impact on the marine environment.  

The team has been selected to exhibit at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2013, which is an annual display of the most exciting cutting-edge science and technology in the UK. 

The MERG team will explain how this type of hydropower can provide a predictable source of energy from a renewable resource linked to the orbit of the moon. They are also working on accurately measuring the benefits and understanding the challenges of producing energy from the sea, to ensure it is a viable and sustainable energy source for the UK.

The UK has the best marine energy resource in the world and the most advanced offshore wind industry. It is in the ideal position to research and advance the technology that will harness the power of tidal currents, tidal ranges and wave power.

Head of MERG, Dr Ian Masters said: “The rapid depletion of fossil fuels and their negative impact on the environment is putting pressure on scientists and industry to identify sustainable alternative energy sources. The ability to produce energy from low carbon technologies is essential to reduce carbon emissions and its impact on ecosystems through climate change.”

Pro-Vice Chancellor of Swansea University, Professor Ian Cluckie said: “The Marine Energy Research Group have been focussed on a key Welsh resource in terms of renewable energy from tidal currents, waves and also on other tidal energy projects ranging from the Severn Barrage through to various tidal lagoons.  These are likely to be vital components of any future UK renewable energy strategy.”