Renewable energy mapping has become an important part of green tech. Areas are mapped according to their wind, solar or geothermal potential and companies use that information to plan their energy projects. Mapping is crucial to understanding where and how the world can convert to renewable energy, but so far wave and tidal energy haven't been mapped. The Scotland government has decided to fill in that gap, at least starting with their shores.
The government has launched a project to map the wave and tidal energy potential of the Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters north of the country. They are calling the project the Marine Spatial Plan because it will not only gauge the tides and waves, but analyze the seabed, water depth and distance to shore of each area. The project will take some time though. The government expects to develop a preliminary map over the next year.
Mapping startup companies should take note and start some marine mapping of their own. With all the recent developments in wave power, energy companies will want this information.
written by Jake G, February 04, 2009
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