News that Neptune Energy has been given the go-ahead to place an experimental turbine capable of producing 1MW of power in 80m of water 4.5km off the south coast of Wellington.
Director of Neptune Energy, Chris Bathurst says;
When we first started this people said it wasn’t technically possible. Then they said the fishermen would never allow it.
Bathurst’s calculations suggest there is enough tidal movement in Cook Strait to generate 12GW of power, more than one-and-a-half times New Zealand’s present generation capacity.
That’s a pretty compelling figure.