Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) is to undertake a £450,000 ($750,000) project to examine how tidal energy schemes could affect energy available for plants at other sites across the UK Continental Shelf, says the company.

The Tidal Modelling Project, due to run until the end of 2012, will be led by Black & Veatch, supported by hydrodynamic modelling specialists HR Wallingford and the University of Edinburgh.

A wide range of tidal stream and tidal range sites as well as technology possibilities will be represented in the models, said ETI, a company that brings together the UK government with six global firms. Work will be carried out in Redhill in Surrey, Wallingford in Oxfordshire, and Edinburgh in Scotland.

Models developed through the project will be made available through a service provided by HR Wallingford to the wider marine industry. The project aims to identify interactions between sites and the constraints these will place on the design, development and location of systems.

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