Energy Giant Announces Plans for
Tidal Power 'Farm'
Feb 9, 2008 - Press and Journal, The Aberdeen
(UK) - energycentral.com
A Scheme to create one of the world's first commercial
tidal energy schemes, off the coast of north Wales,
was announced yesterday.
Energy giant npower said it was working with Bristol-based
Marine Current Turbines to deliver a tidal "farm",
capable of generating power from the sea's tidal currents.
The project, off the north-west coast of Anglesey,
could be completed by 2011, subject to planning consent,
supplying enough power for up to 6,000 homes. Studies
will begin soon and last the rest of the year, with
a planning application likely to be submitted in mid-2009.
Paul Cowling, managing director of npower renewables,
said: "We are convinced that this is a technology
with the potential to make a valuable contribution
to UK renewable energy supplies, and the battle against
Martin Wright, managing director of Marine Current
Turbines, said the scheme was a significant step in
commercialising technology involved in tidal energy
and could open up opportunities across the world.
The scheme will be in an area of open sea known as
the Skerries and will have seven turbines, each likely
to stand 29ft 6in (9m) above sea level.
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