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01 Jun-02 Jun 2023


Renewable energy from the tides

  • 8 And Over
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  • Climate Change
  • Energy
  • Technology

Discover the most powerful tidal turbine in the world!  Mechanical and Hydrodynamics Engineer, Tiphaine Cazenave, explains how the O2 turbine works, the challenges the team at Orbital Marine Power have faced in its build and operation, and how tidal power could be a real solution to energy needs for coastal countries.

About Tiphaine

Orbital’s Mechanical Engineer Tiphaine Cazenave is from France and has a degree in Mechanical and Aero Technical Engineering from the ISAE-ENSMA, France. She discovered marine renewables after a four-month internship and developed an affinity for the daily challenges of this developing industry.

After finishing her degree, Tiphaine accepted a year-long position as a Calculation Engineer Consultant for the car industry while saving up for a master’s in Marine Renewable Energy from The International Centre for Island Technology (ICIT) in Orkney, the specialist arm of the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society at Heriot-Watt University. Upon completion of her master’s, Tiphaine completed a dissertation on the impact of waves on Orbital’s SR2000 turbine and has been part of the team ever since, working on structural modelling.

She appreciates working for a small company, where it is easier to see how everybody’s part fits in the general team effort, especially one where she can work in close proximity to the sea, with the knowledge that her work is a little step in the fight against the global climate crisis.