Scotland is gearing for a more streamlined renewable energy projects that harness water energy. This move appears to be warmly welcomed by energy firms and various environmental groups, noting that the approach should take into consideration other possible danger to nature.
Such positive changes are set to make the development and application of wave, tidal and wind generation more efficient and viable.
Scotland is now leading the world to clean energy alternatives and they are making sure that the lengthy planning process won’t allow other countries to overtake them.
Through meticulous planning, they can utilize their tidal and wave energy to aid in cutting down their climate emissions as well as protecting their rich marine resources. They would want to ensure that they get the right renewable energy in the right places.
Scotland has been big in marine energy because it’s the only country today that is actively striving to explore a cleaner energy source. The recent development in their aim is their move towards harnessing the energy of the sea through the partnership of SSE Renewables and Alstom (an energy construction firm that deals with anything ranging from coal to wind power). Their deal is set to develop a huge wave power site in Orkney.
The firms involve in the project strongly believe that their effort can generate around 200 MW of electricity from the site from a wide array of wave power converters. This can possibly make them the world’s largest wave farm.
Their technology is composed of multi-cell sets of flexible membrane absorbers that will convert wave power to pressure by compressing the air inside the enjoined cells. A turbine generator then converts the pneumatic power into electricity.
But the first thing Alstom and SSE Renewables must do is to conduct a detailed survey of the site along with an environmental assessment. Then they start building a site for 10 MW as the first phase, and eventually reach the full site capacity.