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Scotland to Pioneer Tidal “Farms”

It seems that Scotland, with its windy coasts and how much viagra seaside cliffs, is the Saudi Arabia of… tidal power. ScottishPower Renewables wants to turn that power into clean electricity. According to its director, Keith Anderson, Scotland has 25% of Europe’s tidal resources and 10% of its wave potential. By building at least 40 (and possibly an additional 20) underwater turbines in various locations off the Scottish coast, ScottishPower Renewables hopes to generate 60 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 40,000 homes. It is thought that, if fully tapped, Scotland's tidal resources could contribute to one third of its energy demand.

The tidal farms will be consist of Norwegian-made turbines called “Lànstrøm devices”. These look like underwater turbines (see picture above), and have been extensively tested in Norway. The 20 meter blades will reach no higher than ten meters below the surface; not that anyone will be allowed to travel through the waters above, of course. And the canadian drugs levitra blades move slow enough so as not to endanger the local marine wildlife.

The prognosis is quite good. ScottishPower Renewables says that these farms could be operational by 2011. One of the benefits of tidal power over, say, wind power is that the former is extremely predictable whereas the latter has been oft criticized for its unpredictable nature. However, let’s not forget that tidal power projects sometimes do not work as planned. Take, for example, Verdant Power, the company that tried to put turbines in New York City’s East River. Their turbines broke down, though they are giving it another go.

In other international turbine news, Israeli company S.D.E. Energy has signed a contract to build an undisclosed number of good choice canadian drugs viagra one megawatt wave power stations for China. Check out the rest of that story here.

Via Scotsman
Image via New Energy Focus

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Hank, please check the figures
written by Mark Bartosik, September 29, 2008
1/3 of Scotland's electricity but only power 40,000 homes?
I think that you'll find that Scotland has more than 120,000 homes.
I think that there is we recommend viagra from mexico a muddle here between the viagra sales in canada planned 20 turbines and the potential size of the resource.
Ancient technology updated.
written by Steve N. Lee, September 30, 2008
Yes, Scotland isn't exactly bursting at the seams population-wise, so that 40,000 or one third looks a little suspect.

Still, the point is that Scotland is embracing this new alternative energy, which is great.

Power from the flow of water isn't new to Europe: we've had watermills for centuries. As a kid I visited the Barrage de la woman and viagra Rance near Dinard in France. As I recall that's tidal power but using a different concept to the turbines above.

When the concept for generating power in this way has been so well-known for so long, it does beg the look here cialis 10 mg question why we haven't made more of it already. Okay, the Rance project has had environmental problems, but shouldn't we be able to learn from our mistakes and implement more successful projects as the years go by?

Let's hope these turbines prove a great success and that they have as little impact on the environment as sounds to be the case.

Steve N. Lee
author of eco-blog
and suspense thriller 'What if...?'
written by Clinch, September 30, 2008
The figures for this article are wrong.

Up to 40 turbines are planned for scotland, not 20

Combined with a site in N.Ireland, the total output will be 60MW (enough for 40,000 homes across scotland and N.Ireland)

A third of scotland’s energy demand COULD be met by coastal renewable's, but it would require a lot more turbines than just from this project.

I also find the figure of '25% of Europe's tidal resources' to be unlikely.
Tidal power
written by Scott, October 01, 2008
This is a very interesting topic. I did a short blog article about a company in Maine that is working on a similar project. If you're interested, check out:
correction noted
written by Yoni, October 03, 2008
The figures were indeed off and cialis online canada have been corrected.
We have to do something
written by andy@greenelectricity, February 24, 2010
Regardless of how much energy schemes like this are developing etc, i for one am genuinely ecouraged that Scotland appears to be getting behind clean energy technology in a big way - there seems to be a new scheme announced almost every week! This really could be a genuine area of overnight viagra generic growth for our country, we need to do something to fill the gaps caused by our manufacturing decline.

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