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Tidal resource in Victoria

Map of tidal resources in Victoria

Potential tidal power (watts per square metre)

Tidal power generation opportunities along coastal Victoria are limited due to the small tidal range present in Bass Strait . However, the entrance to Port Phillip Bay and some parts of Western Port Bay present opportunities for the application of tidal energy technologies.
Opportunities may also exist to utilise emerging tidal turbine technologies in areas of moderate to high tidal current speeds elsewhere in the State. Appropriate sites for tidal turbines would be relatively close to the shore in water depths of approximately 30 metres.

The map does not take into account shipping lanes, water depth and other factors involved in assessing the commercial viability of this resource. The tidal potential for Victoria was developed in partnership with Water Technology.


Wave resource in Victoria

Map of wave resources in Victoria

Yearly average wave power potential (kW per metre)

The maps indicate the potential wave power within Victoria . The resource assessment was developed in partnership with Water Technology.

Victoria has world-class wave resources, most noticeably West of Cape Otway. While wave technologies are still undergoing development, the Sustainable Energy Authority is working with technology providers to demonstrate the use of this resource in Victoria



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