Jiangxia Pilot Tidal Power Plant

Project Site Annex IV

Jiangxia Pilot Tidal Power Plant
Start Date:
January 01, 1980
Technology Type:
Info Updated:
March 09, 2016
Jiangxia Pilot Tidal Power Plant
Device Status: 
In Operation
Tidal barrage with bulb-type tubular turbines
Project Scale: 
Installed Capacity: 
3.9 MW

Jiangxia power plant is the third largest tidal station in the world after La Rance in France and Annapolis in Canada. It has 6 bulb turbine generator units, operating in both ebb and flood tides, producing an annual power output of 7 MWh. The power station has 79 employees. The power station feeds the energy demand of small villages at a 20 km (12 mi) distance, through a 35 kV transmission line. The maximum tidal range in the estuary is 8.39 m (27.5 ft).


This station is located at the north end of Yueqing Bay, East China Sea, near the city of Wenling, China.

Process Status: 

It has started the construction from 1974. The first generator sets of 500 kW its generation in 1980. The first project was completed in 1985, which installed one set generator of 500 kW, one set of 600 kW and three sets of 700 kW with the total capacity of 3.2 MW. In June 2007, the 6th set generator was successfully developed and connected to the grid and the total installed capacity reached 3.9 MW. In June 2007, the 6th set generator was successfully developed and combined into the grid, and the total installed capacity reached 3.9MW. For years the engineering staff of Jiangxia plant devoted to industrialization research works of tidal generating and had made remarkable achievements in reliability of the generator sets, sediments reducing in reservoir, erosion protecting, floating method, operating automation and optimal scheduling. Since June 2009, automation and safety of the plant have been great improved after technological upgrading for the 3rd and 4th generator sets. According to the latest figures, total power output of Jiangxia pilot tidal power plant is 1.62x108 kWh since it combined to grid of East China on Jan 26, 1986 (Wang et al., 2011).

Key Environmental Issues: 

Jiangxia power station is doing well in comprehensive utilization of reservoir. It makes great profit in planting in reservoir reclamation land, aquaculture and shellfish farming and accumulates abundant experience for optimization of eco-environment (Wang et al., 2011). Jiangxia Tidal Power Station operates well with only several major technology modifications and never caused any significant environmental problem. It has been proven that reasonable choice of the power station site can reduce the environmental impact to an acceptable level.

Study Status: 
Jiangxia Pilot Tidal Power Plant is located in China.

Baseline and Project Effects Studies: Jiangxia Pilot Tidal Power Plant

ReceptorStudy Description Design and Methods Results Status
  • Physical Environment

Desk based study.

The main environmental effects of the tidal power plant are changing the scale and regularity of seawater exchange. The evidence data from the last 30 years show that the effective capacity of the plant have been reduced by 10%-15%, and the sedimentation phenomenon appeared on both sides of the dam.

  • Fish and Fisheries

Visual surveys.

A lot of lubricating oil was used when the   plant was working. The oil leakage will lead to environment problems; it is dangerous for marine life, especially fish and seashells.

Reports and Papers

Wang S., Yuan P., Li D., Jiao Y., 2011. An overview of ocean renewable energy in China. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 15, 91-111.

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