Tidal energy to power half of Scotland

Enough renewable tidal energy could be harnessed from a strip of water off the coast of northern Scotland to power half of the country.

Research from the University of Edinburgh analysed the interaction between turbines and the tides in Pentland Firth, between mainland Scotland and Orkney. The Firth is a prime candidate to house marine power projects because of its tidal currents, which are among the fastest in the British Isles.

It was estimated that turbines placed in the Firth could generate 1.9 gigawatts from tidal power. The researchers have pinpointed locations where turbines would need to be positioned for the Firth to meet its full energy production potential.

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