Asia's first commercial scale tidal power project is being built off the coast of India. The project will initially have a capacity of 50 MW, but could eventually be scaled up to well over 200 MW.
London-based Atlantis Resources, the company responsible for the world's largest tidal turbine located in Scotland, is building the project in the Gulf of Kutch. Construction is planned to start as soon as this year and should be completed by 2013.
A recent survey by Atlantis shows that the gulf has about 300 MW-worth of potential tidal power and the construction agreement between the company and India's Gujarat Power Corporation Ltd. allows for up to 250 MW to be developed there.
Tidal power is a strong, reliable and predictable source of renewable energy, but it hasn't been harvested as much as solar or wind power, mainly because of its high initial costs. But it's starting to get more attention -- tidal turbines have been installed in rivers in both New York City and Paris and huge tidal power projects are being developed off of Scotland's coast.
Image via Atlantis Resources
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