Japan eyes Scottish coast for tidal power

Oct. 20, 2011 at 6:59 AM
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EDINBURGH, Scotland, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- A Japanese industrial company aims to test a new tidal power system at an energy center in the north of Scotland, the country's first minister announced.

Scotland, at the European Marine Energy Center in Orkney, aims to host 10 prototype wave and tidal energy systems by the end of the year. The center had one wave system in 2004 and one tidal machine in 2006.

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond announced Kawasaki Heavy Industries plans to try new tidal energy technology at the Orkney center.

"Japan is one of the great industrial nations of the world and I am encouraged that it shares Scotland's vision of building on a strong engineering heritage to harness our natural resources and generate clean, renewable power that can reduce harmful emissions and tackle global climate change," he said in a statement.

Edinburgh aims to get 100 percent of its electricity demand from renewable energy by 2020. The country used renewable energy to meet 27 percent of its demand in 2009.

The Scottish government said it was promoting tidal and wave power through a $15.8 million challenge to boost innovation in the sector.

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