Sri Lanka explores tidal prospects

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Sri Lanka is reportedly planning to develop a tidal energy project with Finland’s assistance.

The project has received support from the Ambassador of Finland, Raul Suikkanen, it was revealed after the meeting with Sri Lanka’s Minister for Power and Renewable Energy Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, according to Lanka Business Online.

“Since we have sea around the country we can easily generate power using sea tides. We can start this project with low cost using new technology and we even can forecast the power generation capacity,” Siyambalapitiya was quoted as saying by Lanka Business Online.

When it comes to producing renewable energy from ocean, Sri Lanka has last year announced collaborations with two wave energy developers – Carnegie Clean Energy, and Yam Pro Energy which acquired the technology and wave energy projects from the Israeli wave energy developer WERPO.

Carnegie Wave Energy signed a memorandum of understanding with Lanka Energy Conservation for the development of wave and microgrid projects in Sri Lanka, while Yam Pro Energy plans to establish an initial 10MW wave energy system through collaboration with local power company.

No further details have been revealed regarding the announced tidal project. Tidal Energy Today has contacted Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy to seek more information.

Should the Ministry respond, the article will be updated accordingly.

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