Scotland’s tidal energy potential is greater than a nuclear power plant

Scotland’s tidal energy potential is greater than a nuclear power plant

Renewable tidal energy harnessed from a single stretch of water off the northern tip of Scotland could produce enough energy to power half of the nation, engineers say.

Pentland Firth could provide 1.9GW of energy

Researchers have completed the most detailed study yet of how much tidal power could be generated by turbines placed in the Pentland Firth, between mainland Scotland and Orkney, and estimate 1.9 gigawatts (GW) could be available – a greater capacity than a nuclear Magnox power station.

The in-depth assessment by engineers at the Universities of Oxford and Edinburgh offers valuable insights into how to develop and regulate this clean energy resource effectively.

The Pentland Firth is a prime candidate to house marine power projects because of its tidal currents, which are among the fastest in the British Isles.

Read the full article here http://www.clickgreen.org.uk/news/national-news/124098-scotlands-tidal-energy-potential-is-greater-than-a-nuclear-power-plant.html

Source: Click Green

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