Relatively speaking, tidal and wave energy schemes are still in their infancy. Tidal barrages in France and Russia, that commenced power generation in the 1960s, led the way and the technology is well understood.
Unfortunately, few other tidal barrages have come on stream since then. Although a number of large schemes are proposed for sites across the world, the immense costs of the civil engineering works combine with local ecological concerns to hamper progress.
In contrast, existing and proposed tidal turbine schemes and wave energy systems are based on immature technology, with numerous different design concepts under investigation. Such systems have yet to prove their long-term viability or commercial value, although some are close to large-scale deployment.
In all cases, James Walker’s expertise in high-integrity fluid sealing, together with our ability to develop and manufacture customer-specific systems, will help to ensure the long-term viability of plant and prevent pollution of seawater by lubricant seepage.