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World first wave and tidal energy projects

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The world’s first wave and tidal energy projects on a commercial scale are to be built off the Scottish coast, with developers claiming they have the potential to power 750,000 homes.

The Crown Estate announced 10 schemes capable of generating up to 1.2 gigawatts (GW) of electricity would be built around the Orkney Islands and on the Pentland Firth, off the northern coast of the Scottish mainland.

They are expected to cost £4billion to install and will require up to £1billion more of taxpayers’ money to build new grid connections, harbours and other structural facilities in Orkney and Caithness.

Engineering experts have warned that the technical feasibility of delivering to homes electricity from the area will mean it is an extremely expensive source of power.

Many of the technologies being used are still being developed, but the power companies awarded the contracts insisted their 2020 completion date does not require a “leap of faith”.

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great news, Gordon Brown said Britain was the world leader in marine energy. which sounds good. lets hope we can get our nation on 80% renewable energy within 50 years.

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