Generating Electricity from the Ocean

Posted on September 18, 2007  Comments (3)

British Wave Hub Gets The Go Ahead

The innovative (and controversial) UK “wave hub“, in essence a giant plug on the ocean floor, has received approval. The UK government has will install this plug to allow wave power companies to feed energy back into the grid. The £28 million ($56.5 million) project has cleared the last major regulatory hurdle and will begin construction soon.

Wave and tidal power could provide 3 percent of Britain’s electricity by 2020, according to the government-backed Carbon Trust.
The installation is expected to generate up to 20 megawatts of energy, enough to power 7,500 homes and eliminate 300,000 tonnes of CO2 over 25 years. Four companies have already been selected to build projects at the hub.

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3 Responses to “Generating Electricity from the Ocean”

  1. Thushara
    September 19th, 2007 @ 7:57 am

    Hi, very comprehensive blog.

  2. CuriousCat: Tidal Turbine Farms to Power 40,000 Homes
    September 29th, 2008 @ 5:07 pm

    “Projects on the firth could be operational by 2020… The Scottish and Irish sites would host up to 60 of the turbines – 20 at each site – generating 60 megawatts of power for up to 40,000 homes…”

  3. gavelect
    October 23rd, 2008 @ 6:04 am

    I think it’s great idea, Energy that gets produced underwater and that can’t be seen to the naked eye is a fantastic achievement to all involved, As long is it does not have a negative impact in the local marine life the more of green and clean energy we can put into the Scottish Power grid is fantastic, Well done.

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