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European Union
European Regional Development Fund

TIGER (Tidal Stream Industry Energiser)

Project: TIGER (Tidal Stream Industry Energiser)

Timescale: 2019 – 2023 (47 months)

Funder: Interreg France (Channel) England Programme

Funding: ERDF funding € 29 million / Total project budget € 45. million

Project overview: The TIGER project will demonstrate that tidal stream energy is a maturing industry, capable of achieving an accelerated cost reduction pathway.

The project will build cross-border partnerships to develop new technologies, test and demonstrate up to 8 MW of new tidal capacity at a number of locations around the Channel region, and use the learning from this development to make a stronger, cost-effective case for tidal energy as part of the France/UK energy mix.

The project is the largest ever to be approved not only by the France (Channel) England Programme but by any Interreg programme.

Academic Staff:


  • Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, Cornwall, UK (Project lead)
  • University of Exeter, Cornwall and Devon, UK
  • University of Plymouth, Devon, UK
  • University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
  • Cambrian Offshore South West, Cornwall, UK
  • Orbital Marine Power, Edinburgh, UK
  • European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), Orkney, UK
  • EDF Hydro, Rennes, France
  • Normandie Hydroliennes, France
  • SEENEOH, Bordeaux, France
  • Bretagne Developpement Innovation, France
  • Hydroquest, France
  • MorbihanHydroEnergies SASU, France
  • University of Caen Normandy, France
  • University Le Havre Normandy, France
  • University Bretagne Sud, France
  • Minesto AB, Sweden
  • QED Naval, Edinburgh, UK

Published research papers:

Coupled flow-wave modelling for regional tidal site characterisation in the English Channel.’
Authors: J. Hardwick, I. G. C. Ashton, E. Mackay, H. C. M. Smith & P. R. Thies

Laboratory scale tests of a floating tidal turbine.’
Authors: S. Walker, L. Cappietti, I. Simonetti, A. Esposito

Marginal and total exceedance probabilities of environmental contours.’
Authors: Ed Mackay, Andreas F. Haselsteiner

Probabilistic failure rate model of a tidal turbine pitch system.’
Authors: Fraser J.Ewing, Philipp R.Thies, Jonathan Shek, Claudio Bittencourt Ferreirada

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