New large scale Scottish tidal energy farm to power 175,000 homes
Scotland is yet again at the forefront of energy developments in the UK as they launch new project, MeyGen tidal energy farm. The unveiling of a 15m tall, 200 tonne blade, which is the first of four to be planted off the north coast of Scotland, is said to have marked the significant development in the renewable energy sector.
“This project is the biggest tidal stream project in the world, and the first on a commercial scale, so I think it’s really not possible to overstate the importance of this project for MeyGen and for Scotland” – Nicola Sturgeon, SNP Leader
How much energy will the MeyGen tidal energy farm create?
Each of the turbines, which have received a £23m investment from the Scottish Government, is estimated to generate 1.5 megawatts of energy. That’s enough energy to power 6,000 homes when all four are put into action.
What’s even more exciting, however, is Edinburgh based developer, SIMEC Atlantis Energy, plans for further development of this project. They intend on expanding the tidal energy farm to 269 turbines that can generate 398 megawatts of energy and power 175,000 homes by the early 2020s!
What other benefits are there to the MeyGen tidal energy farm?
Other than the fact that MeyGen energy farm is set to have a massive impact on how we generate power in the UK, the potential benefits are substantial.
This project is set to create thousands of both blue and white collar jobs within the energy sector for the areas surrounding the farm meaning it may be able to boost local economies.
Furthermore, this green project will assist the UK in striving toward ambitious 2020 climate change and carbon reduction targets. It will also open doors for further research and development into the area of tidal energy farming as a viable alternative to more harmful and expensive sources of power generation.
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