Scottish scientists in major energy breakthrough!

In the Insider yesterday:

A cut-price wave energy device that could help power homes and businesses is being developed by experts at a Scottish university. Researchers from the University of Edinburgh have been working with institutions in Italy to come up with the renewable energy system. They say their design is cheaper than more conventional alternatives, is made of durable materials and has fewer moving parts. Small-scale experiments in an ocean simulator have indicated a single full-sized device could generate the equivalent of 500 kilowatts of electricity – about enough to power 100 homes. Engineers believe the new Dielectric Elastomer Generator (DEG) device could be installed within decades, providing fleets of low-cost, easy to maintain power producing units.’

https://www.insider.co.uk/news/edinburgh-university-scientists-say-wave-13991425

It’s been some time since I’ve reported on Scottish scientists and researchers, so see:

Scottish researchers work to help poor across globe

From reducing cattle-fart to saving a dog’s leg, Scottish researchers lead the way

Scottish Researchers again!

Scottish Veterinary researchers working to improve the health and productivity of farmed animals in sub-Saharan Africa.

 

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One thought on “Scottish scientists in major energy breakthrough!

  1. Contrary February 15, 2019 / 8:56 am

    This looks good, certainly we need to encourage any kind of innovation. They haven’t said what kind of siting it needs – is it shallow or deep sea, how far off-shore, can small fields be used for local power generation, e.g would it work for smaller islands so they were energy-independent, and how much maintenance,,,

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