The Australian renewable Energy Agency is providing $2.49 million in funding towards a project to map and assess Australia’s tidal energy resources.

Australia has some of the largest tides in the world but lack of detailed information on the tidal resources presents a barrier to investment in commercial­ scale tidal farms in Australia.

The project will develop of a national hydrodynamic tidal model, mapping the scale and distribution of the nation’s tidal energy resources to the nearest 500 metres. The results will be published in an online resource atlas.

It will include a full feasibility assessment of two high ­potential sites including field measurements, hydrodynamic modelling and an environmental impact assessment and will develop of an economic case for connecting high­ potential sites to Australia’s electricity infrastructure.

The project will be led by the Australian Maritime College at the University of Tasmania, in partnership with CSIRO, the University of Queensland and industry partners along with researchers from Acadia University, Canada, and Bangor University, UK, both of which are at the forefront of global developments in tidal energy.