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Published on September 29th, 2008 | by Alex Felsinger

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Scotland Plans World's First Tidal Turbine Farms

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The two projects, which each include 20 underwater turbines, will be finished within three years and will provide power to 40,000 homes.

ScottishPower 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.[social_buttons]

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. Most boats and ships would not be affected by the farms since the turbines won’t even reach 30-feet below the surface, but net-towing trawlers will be forbidden from the area.

“Tidal power is completely renewable, being driven by the gravity of the sun and moon, with no carbon dioxide emissions, plus the added benefit of being entirely predictable,” said Keith Anderson, the director of ScottishPower Renewables. The farms would help Scotland attain its goal to reduce its carbon footprint by 80% by 2050.

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.

Photo Credit: Foxypar4 on Flickr under Creative Commons license.

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is primarily concerned with animal welfare, wildlife conservation, and environmental justice. As a freelance writer in San Francisco, he leads a deliberately simplistic and thrifty lifestyle, yet still can’t help gawking at the newest green gadgets and zero-emission concept cars.



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  • Uncle B

    As long as the Scots do not try to live up to the asinine “American Dream” lifestyle, and develop their own thrifty, well insulated, solar oriented, small, economical, cottage life-style, and do some veggie gardening and fishing in the nearby sea for protein, they will have enough free power for many folk, for lighting (using LED lights only) and low load essential services. Solar, wind, wave, hydro, tidal and geothermal power are adequate for survival, a modest survival, very unlike the unregulated vulture capitalist corporation advertisement driven nonsense of the Americans. continue to eat mutton, and pork, avoid the costly American trend towards high beef consumption, and enjoy, in spite of other’s wasteful ways, a long and happy life with renewable sustainable, and seemingly perpetual power! Mother Nature is on your side, and long after America and its brassy noise is reduced to a debt-laden fission-fire rubble, your tides will continue to provide good clean economical power! Rejoice! You alone have solved the energy problem.

  • Uncle B

    As long as the Scots do not try to live up to the asinine “American Dream” lifestyle, and develop their own thrifty, well insulated, solar oriented, small, economical, cottage life-style, and do some veggie gardening and fishing in the nearby sea for protein, they will have enough free power for many folk, for lighting (using LED lights only) and low load essential services. Solar, wind, wave, hydro, tidal and geothermal power are adequate for survival, a modest survival, very unlike the unregulated vulture capitalist corporation advertisement driven nonsense of the Americans. continue to eat mutton, and pork, avoid the costly American trend towards high beef consumption, and enjoy, in spite of other’s wasteful ways, a long and happy life with renewable sustainable, and seemingly perpetual power! Mother Nature is on your side, and long after America and its brassy noise is reduced to a debt-laden fission-fire rubble, your tides will continue to provide good clean economical power! Rejoice! You alone have solved the energy problem.

  • Uncle B

    As long as the Scots do not try to live up to the asinine “American Dream” lifestyle, and develop their own thrifty, well insulated, solar oriented, small, economical, cottage life-style, and do some veggie gardening and fishing in the nearby sea for protein, they will have enough free power for many folk, for lighting (using LED lights only) and low load essential services. Solar, wind, wave, hydro, tidal and geothermal power are adequate for survival, a modest survival, very unlike the unregulated vulture capitalist corporation advertisement driven nonsense of the Americans. continue to eat mutton, and pork, avoid the costly American trend towards high beef consumption, and enjoy, in spite of other’s wasteful ways, a long and happy life with renewable sustainable, and seemingly perpetual power! Mother Nature is on your side, and long after America and its brassy noise is reduced to a debt-laden fission-fire rubble, your tides will continue to provide good clean economical power! Rejoice! You alone have solved the energy problem.

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  • http://us.oneworld.net Susty

    It is always great to see new technology work for the Mother nature. Hopefully it will soon start to help people around the world!

  • http://us.oneworld.net Susty

    It is always great to see new technology work for the Mother nature. Hopefully it will soon start to help people around the world!

  • http://us.oneworld.net Susty

    It is always great to see new technology work for the Mother nature. Hopefully it will soon start to help people around the world!

  • James

    About time too. Only 15 years overdue.

  • James

    About time too. Only 15 years overdue.

  • Jim Jones

    Well its nice to see someone trying to help Mother nature. All the US does is figure out ways to get more freaking oil. What a joke.

    Jiff

    http://www.anonweb.eu.tc

  • Jim Jones

    Well its nice to see someone trying to help Mother nature. All the US does is figure out ways to get more freaking oil. What a joke.

    Jiff

    http://www.anonweb.eu.tc

  • Jim Jones

    Well its nice to see someone trying to help Mother nature. All the US does is figure out ways to get more freaking oil. What a joke.

    Jiff

    http://www.anonweb.eu.tc

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