King Canute Wouldn’t Like This: Tidal Power is Becoming More Common
The world is going mad for green renewable energy. However, there is one slight problem with Mother Nature providing power: it’s unpredictable. Goldilocks conditions aren’t guaranteed. The wind is either too strong or too weak and in much of the world, clouds will spoil the strength of the sun. Getting things just right is more luck than judgment. Therefore, energy planners need to build far more windmills to compensate for the lulls and solar panels are only effective in the sunniest of locations.
There is however one environmental factor that can be relied upon. As regular as atomic clockwork, tides and waves have long been considered the holy grail of renewable energy. Over the years there have been many attempts at harnessing this reliable power source and in France andKorea such projects have already been built and Wales is planning a dedicated tidal lagoon.
However, in Scotland and new project is underway. The MeyGen turbine project is sinking 269 turbines into the Pentland Firth, where they will generate enough power for 175,000 homes (400 megawatts).
Atlantis, the company behind MeyGen, has several other projects underway around the world and it expects the Scottish project to begin delivering energy in 2016.
With public opinion being largely against wind turbines and solar cells taking up a great deal of valuable real estate sinking windmills in the sea, which is 800 times more dense than air, may finally be the solution we’ve all been looking for.