Tidal Turbine Farms to Power 40,000 Homes

Posted on September 29, 2008  Comments (3)

Scotland Plans World’s First Tidal Turbine Farms

Scottish Power Renewables will apply for planning permission next year to build the two farms in Northern Ireland’s seabed. The turbines will be manufactured in Scotland in an intentional boost to the country’s green-collar job market. The 98-foot structures have been tested to operate in water as deep as 328 feet, and they spin slow enough to allow marine life to avoid the 66-foot blades.

New York City installed its first turbine for their tidal power farm earlier this month, but the Scottish plan differs in that the farms will be located in the open sea, not a river or straight.

Project aims to harness sea power

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.

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3 Responses to “Tidal Turbine Farms to Power 40,000 Homes”

  1. Anonymous
    September 30th, 2008 @ 12:24 pm

    What a blessing it is seeing new green engineering projects go live. It is terrible hearing the politics in the US now with the “solution” to expensive gas prices it to DRILL MORE OIL !!! These are the people that are destroying the planet for their short term profits. Water power can generate a significant portion of the total power needs of the planet. Why not mandate 50 MPG cars or mandate all cars to run as hybrids. Cheers –

  2. Brandon Schlichter
    October 11th, 2008 @ 7:54 pm

    This is good news, as I am happy to see energy sources that can run indefinitely, and/or are low maintenance compared to other systems.

    However, I am always worried about the level of local governments (At Least in the US) that have major opposition to personal energy sources. I know of several local municipalities that have denied individuals from building solar/wind systems out of incompetence.

  3. Anonymous
    November 4th, 2008 @ 7:46 am

    We always seem to go for the easy option. Need more energy, drill for more oil. It’s good to see that we are finally beginning to see a shift away from short-term solutions to new technology that will provide long-term sustainable solutions.

    Something a just saw over on the new scientist web site and also picked up by google is that scientists have found a fungus that can convert cellulose into diesel vapour that can be burn in unmodified diesel engines. This could mean no more crops grown for fuel; instead we use the crop waste.

    The more we look at what’s out there in nature the more we will find if only we can get away from the mind set of short term solutions.

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