Marine Current announces tidal plan

Feb. 12, 2008 at 11:21 AM
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ABERDEEN, Scotland, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- U.K.-based Marine Current Turbines announced plans to create a tidal power farm.

The plan would create one of the world's first commercial tidal energy schemes, off the coast of north Wales, the Press and Journal reported.

Energy company npower announced it was working with Bristol-based Marine Current Turbines to deliver a tidal "farm" capable of generating power from the sea's tidal currents.

The proposed project, off the northwest coast of Anglesey, could be completed by 2011, subject to planning consent. If it is completed, the project could supply enough power for up to 6,000 homes. Feasibility studies will begin soon and last the rest of the year, with a planning application likely to be submitted in mid-2009.

"We are convinced that this is a technology with the potential to make a valuable contribution to U.K. renewable energy supplies, and the battle against climate change," said Paul Cowling, managing director of npower renewables.

Martin Wright, managing director of Marine Current Turbines, said the plan was a significant step in commercializing technology involved in tidal energy.

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