Kolkata: Tidal energy or tidal power is a form of hydropower that converts the energy obtained from tides into useful forms of power, mainly electricity. Being a renewable form of energy, like solar and wind, the generation and use of tidal power are non-polluting activities.
After participating in the Bengal Global Business Summit, a delegation from the University of Edinburgh met the State Power Minister to discuss tidal energy projects in Bengal. Present at the meeting too was a representative from Cardiff University.
The delegation is going to conduct a feasibility study in the Sundarbans and after that, enable investment in a pilot project for the generation of tidal energy. According to the Power Minister, this is likely to lead to the setting up of small units with a capacity of 50 KW each.
According to the professor leading the delegation, developed countries are increasingly generating tidal energy and that Bengal too has a high potential in this field.
The minister told the delegation that the State Government has given a huge emphasis on the development of renewable energy. As a part of that, many initiatives have been taken by the Power Department. Solar energy is being produced in the state on a large scale.