Plan to power Darwin with tidal energy

Darwin, Australia, September 24, 2012 — Australia’s Northern Territory could have a tidal energy supply by the end of the decade under a new project.

The Clarence Strait off the Tiwi Islands is one of the largest tidal resources close to a major Australian city. The country’s Power and Water Corp. signed an agreement with Tenax Energy to build a tidal energy plant and an energy-testing center there.

The potential energy generation of the strait each day is more than Darwin’s current peak demand. The plant is expected to generate power by 2015, and reach commercial supply by 2020.

Tenax is also working to establish tidal energy sources in Tasmania and Victoria, but this will be the first trial to take place in a tropical environment.


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