The first large scale tidal energy farm in the world has been launched in Scotland!
The project– the MeyGen tidal stream project – developed by Edinburgh-based Atlantis Resources, is expected to reach 269 turbines with the capacity to generate electricity for 175,000 homes with a capacity of 398MW.
The first turbine – measuring 15 metres tall (49 ft), with blades of 16 metres in diameter, and weighing 200 tonnes – was unveiled in the Pentland Firth, just outside Inverness in the Scottish Highlands.
It will be transported to the project’s site in the waters off the north coast of Scotland between Caithness and Orkney.
Three other turbines of a capacity of 1.5 MW will also be installed during the first step of the project, which has already received £23 million in funding from the Scottish government.
According to Scottish Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, “I am incredibly proud of Scotland’s role in leading the way in tackling climate change, and investment in marine renewables is a hugely important part of this.”
She added that the MeyGen is set to invigorate the marine renewables industry in Scotland and provide vital jobs for a skilled workforce, retaining valuable offshore expertise in Scotland.
The project which spanned over a period of 10 years, shows great potential in contributing significantly to the growing need for clean electricity, and to deliver further investment and jobs in the UK.
However, this is still a fledgling technology, and future development is dependent on continued backing from Holyrood, Westminster and Brussels, who all played a vital role in the growth of the sector.