Tidal energy and hydropower

The process of harnessing energy from moving water was first developed in the late 19th century. Today hydropower is the dominant type of renewable energy; the 45,000+ power stations in over 160 countries are thought to account for 20% of global electricity generation. In Norway hydropower delivers almost 100% of the county’s electrical energy supply.

Whilst traditional hydropower will continue to grow and dominate renewables, innovative companies, engineers and universities have been looking more closely at tidal and wave power where the energy source is reliable, generating costs are predicted to fall and the global energy potential is truly massive.

KGAL is the leading UK hydro engineer and taking on more responsibilities for clients in the tidal energy sector too. From specific hydraulic steel structures and electrical controls to model testing and project management; for turbines, pumping systems or complete installations ­ KGAL has the range, breadth and depth of experience to deliver engineering excellence to clients, consultants and contractors.