A 60-year-old storm surge barrier has received praise from environmental groups after five tidal turbines have been installed to generate clean energy.
Originally built in 1953 to protect the Netherlands from frequent North Sea floods, the 9km Oosterscheldekering, or Eastern Scheldt storm surge barrier, has served the nation well.
Initially idealised as a closed dam, massive gates were installed later on to let marine life pass through, and now this new amendment has been made.
The five turbines are significant as they make the dam the largest tidal energy project in the Netherlands, as well as the largest tidal array in the world. The free-flow water turbines were designed and constructed by Tocardo Tidal Turbines.
Tocardo CEO Hans van Breugel said: “We can now show the world what tidal energy is all about: providing a clean and reliable source of energy that could fulfil 10-20% of the world’s electricity needs.”