World’s largest tidal power array comes on line in Pentland Firth and is ‘a triumph of public policy’ due to Scottish Government support

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In Climate Action, today:

‘This achievement is a triumph of public policy and a demonstration of what can be achieved when government and the private sector roll their sleeves up and decide to create a whole new industry together.’ (Tim Cornelius, CEO of Atlantis)

Cornelius is referring to the MeyGen tidal array of four 1.5 megawatt turbines in the reliably choppy waters of the Pentland Firth. It’s already the largest such array in the world. The role of the Scottish Government as the UK government pulled out of funding tidal projects was made clear by Scotland’s Energy Minister who said:

‘Support from the Scottish Government has been instrumental in getting the company to this stage. From granting a marine licence in 2014, to providing over £23 million of investment in phase 1A of the project, and to officially launching the project in 2016, Scottish Ministers have been actively involved in MeyGen’s success from the start.’

The current 6MW array will power up to 2 600 homes but Atlantis hope to increase it to 286 turbines, generating around 288W and powering up to 125 000 homes.

http://www.climateactionprogramme.org/news/tidal-power-comes-of-age-with-completion-of-unique-scottish-project

Remember, this is just one element within Scotland’s fast growing renewables sector which is accelerating toward its 100% target by 2020. See:

Scotland surges toward 100% renewables electricity generation well ahead of target

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5 thoughts on “World’s largest tidal power array comes on line in Pentland Firth and is ‘a triumph of public policy’ due to Scottish Government support

  1. bedelsten April 18, 2018 / 6:16 pm

    Pedant alert.

    The choppiness of the Pentland Firth is (partly / mostly) the result of wind over tide, but it is the tides with the resultant currents that are important, not the choppiness. Wikipedia tells us ‘Currents of up to 5 metres per second (11 mph) make the Pentland Firth potentially one of the best sites in the world [for tidal power].

    ‘The current 6MW array will power up to 2,600 homes but Atlantis hope to increase it to 286 (actually 296) turbines, generating around 288W (!) and powering up to 125 000 homes.’

    If one turbine can produce 1.5MW, 296 will give 444MW – or more if they are scaled up.

    But, yes, I don’t suppose the main stream media will pick up on this. Far too far north to be of interest.

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  2. Alastair Sutherland April 19, 2018 / 10:14 am

    The work that Talking-Up-Scotland is doing in publishing the fantastic achievements that are accomplished in Scotland is commendable. It is the antithesis of MSM reporting, especially Scottish news- “there’s been a murder”. What still worries me is that only those who actively seek the truth of our countries success will come across it on the web. Can I suggest that the reporters for Talking-Up-Scotland also submit their articles directly to BBC Scotland and STV in an attempt to shame there lamentable reporters. OK, the MSM is unlikely to adopt the positive articles, but the point is made. Additionally could Talking-Up-Scotland also briefly blog the articles on the MSM sites and leave links to the articles. It is essential that the word is spread to many more than just the already aware; the activists and the converted. All the people of Scotland deserve to know what a fantastic country Scotland is and how well the Scottish Government are doing in the face of rank unionist opposition.

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