Survey of Energy Resources 2007
Tidal Country Notes
Installation of a 300 kW prototype tidal power plant began in September 2003 in the Kval Sound in the far north of Norway. The world's first grid-connected offshore underwater turbine is located at Kvalsundet, close to Hammerfest. The plan is to increase the size of the prototype to 700 kW, thereby commercialising the project prior to the installation of 20 such turbines.
A 1 MW floating tidal power plant - the MORILD demonstration project - is planned for deployment in 2007-2008 near Tromsø. Following a period of testing it is hoped that commercialisation will follow.