Scotland Greenlights Europe's Largest Tidal Energy Project
Sep 19, 2013 - sustainablebusiness.com
After approvingÂ a wave energy project earlier this year, the Scottish government has given the go-aheadÂ for Europe's largest tidal energy project.
Construction of the 86 megawatt (MW) project begins early next year,Â starting withÂ a 9Â MW demonstration project - 6 turbines will start operating in 2015. The site,Â betweenÂ Orkney Islands and mainland Scotland, couldÂ eventuallyÂ grow to 398 MW.
"Today we have granted consent to MeyGen Ltd. to develop the largest tidal turbine array in Europe and the first commercial project off these shores," says Scottish Energy Minister Fergus. "This is a major step forward forÂ Scotland's marineÂ renewable energy industry. When fully operational, the 86 MW array could generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of 42,000 homes â€“ around 40% of homes in the Highlands. This exciting development in the waters around Orkney is just the first phase for a site that could eventually yield up to 398 MW."
The demo project will collect important environmental impact data.
"The Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters region is an internationally important area for wildlife, and we are committed to continuing research with interested parties to ensure that the exploitation of this clean, predictable and sustainable energy resource is done so in a manner that does not have a detrimental effect on the species and habitats in the area," says Ed Rollings, environments and consents manager for MeyGen.
Scotland's waters haveÂ 10% of Europe's wave power potential, and 25% of its offshore wind and tidal power potential.
Last year, the Scottish government created a Â£18 million Marine Renewable Commercialization Fund to help tap that potential. This week it announced the first funding award - Aquamarine PowerÂ and Pelamis Wave Power will share Â£13 million to advance development of their technologies.
Aquamarine's subsidiary Lewis Wave Power is behind Europe's largest proposed wave energy project, also off the coast of Scotland. The 40 MW installation, whichÂ will powerÂ 30,000 homes, was approved earlier this year.
Scotland's goal isÂ to generate all itsÂ electricity from
Details onÂ the MeyGen tidal energy project:
Email this page to a friend
If you speak another language fluently and you liked this page, make
a contribution by translating
it! For additional translations check out FreeTranslation.com
(Voor vertaling van Engels tot Nederlands)
(For oversettelse fra Engelsk til Norsk)
(Для дополнительных переводов проверяют FreeTranslation.com )