Tidal power

The tidal power group conducts research in to clean, renewable energy generation from tidal flows.


The Tidal Energy Research Group is based within the Civil Engineering group in the department of Engineering Science and is part of the wider Environmental Fluid Mechanics research group.

The group works closely with the Wind Energy Research Group to exploit the close ties between research in the two fields.

The group conducts research into clean, renewable energy generation from tidal flows, and has a variety of active research projects spanning a number of topics:

  • assessment of the effects of energy extraction from tidal basins,
  • investigation of tidal turbine hydrodynamics and next generation turbine design,
  • investigation of multi-turbine interactions and tidal turbine fence design and performance,

The group also organises and hosts the annual Oxford Tidal Energy (OTE) Workshop, which has become an important technical meeting within the tidal stream energy community. There have been seven meetings which now enjoy 70-90 attendees each year from research groups and industry across the UK, Europe, and further abroad. Copies of workshop proceedings can be found on the Workshop page.

Our group is multi-disciplinary and includes members from a range of engineering and physical science backgrounds. Further information on the group's research activities can be found under the research section.

Further details of the tidal power research carried out in Oxford can also be found at http://www.eng.ox.ac.uk/tidal.