Worlds first tidal turbine proves a success in Scottish waters

ITV News reported that a tidal turbine being tested for use in the world’s first tidal turbine array in Islay on the West coast of Scotland has proved a success.

The subsea turbine is weighed down on the seabed 50 metres below the surface of a stretch of water called the Fall of Warness. It has some of the strongest tides in the world with an Atlantic swell colliding with the North Sea. Tides in the area can reach up to 8 knots in Spring tides.

Scottish Power Renewables fitted their turbine at the end of last year and it has already been hooked up to the grid and is powering the Orkney Island of Eday.  Scottish Power Renewables plans to start development on the ten turbines they plan to install in the Sound of Islay.

That project will be the first of its kind in the world and will provide enough energy to supply Islay’s 3500 homes and distilleries.

SPR chief executive Keith Anderson said “Scotland has the best tidal power resources in Europe, and that’s why we are seeing world leading technologies tested here.”

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