Q: Why Strangford Lough?
A: Strangford Lough has one of the best tidal resources in the world. Its relatively sheltered environment and easy access make it an ideal demonstration site for tidal energy.
Q: Strangford Lough is an environmentally sensitive area and has several designations under the European Habitat’s directive as well as being an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Marine Nature Reserve. How has SeaGen S affected these features?
A: Since installation in 2008, the SeaGen S device has been subject to an extensive three year Environment Monitoring Programme (EMP). The EMP concluded that no significant impacts had been detected that could be attributed to the project. A report detailing the findings of the EMP can be downloaded here.
Q: Who funded the project?
A: The UK Government funded 50% of the project. The remaining 50% of the funding came from private and corporate investors keen to be involved in tidal energy technology.
Q: How has the project impacted the towns of Strangford and Portaferry?
A: The Strangford Lough project has had a number of positive benefits for the local communities. The majority of the day to day maintenance onboard the device is carried out by a team of engineers based locally. Additionally, a number of local engineering companies, suppliers and vessel owners were involved in the installation and continue to assist the ongoing operation of SeaGen S.
The high level of national and international interest in the project has meant that visitor numbers to the area have increased which has been beneficial to the local economy.
Q: Where can I find out more about tidal current technology?
Marine Current Turbines Ltd (MCT): Responsible for the development of SeaGen technology
Renewable UK: trade and professional body for the UK wind and marine renewables industries