A Review of the Future for Wind and Tidal Power Generation in the UK

I.F. Bitterlin (UK)


Wind Power, Tidal Power, Renewable, Intermittence, Integration, Hydrogen Economy


Even against todays historically low energy prices the technical & commercial viability of both wind and tidal power is established. As reserves of (low extraction cost) fossil fuels dwindle in the future and costs rise the economic viability of all renewable sources will increase. The paper provides an overview of the resource capacity of renewable wind and tidal power generation in the UK, comparing it to the demand and considering the problem of integration. The options for matching the intermittence of these power sources using energy storage are considered, including using the energy to power the hydrogen economy.

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