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Are the Pentland Firth waters the ‘Saudi Arabia of marine power?’

Talking-up Scotland


These are the words of Alex Salmond. An analogy of this sort has already been made in an Energy Voice headline and reported on here at:

‘Scotland ‘Saudi of wind’ or ‘Gagging on Wind Power’

A new report from Energy Voice today uses figures from Associate Professor Thomas Adcock of Oxford University to illustrate the enormous power available to Scotland in only one, admittedly the most powerful one, tidal channel. You can see a fuller and impressive account of the wave power potential around Scotland’s more than 16 000 miles of mostly turbulent coastline in this:

Here are Addison’s figures on the Pentland Firth:

  • Tidal surge speeds of more than 16ft per second! Imagine that if you can.
  • Potentially 1.9 gigawatts-hours (GWh) – Torness and Sizewell B do at best around 1.2 gigawatts. The other nuclear plants do far less. A gigawatt is a billion watts or a million electric…

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October 24, 2017 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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