Many nations rely on coal, oil and natural gas for their energy needs but relying on fossil fuels triggers a big problem. Renewable energy resources, such as wind, solar and hydro power, offer clean alternatives to fossil fuels.
In the making of renewable energy Scotland is now one step ahead, an underwater turbine which generated electricity has successfully completed its testing period in the island of Eday, one of Orkney’s northern isles.
This machine is part of Scotland’s ambitious tidal power project. It is a 100 foot-high one-megawatt Hammerfest Strom HS1000 turbine which can be described as a “pre-commercial demonstrator. The turbine, developed by Andritz Hydro Hammerfest, is heavily instrumented and serves as an R&D platform.
The turbine has shorter blades and it spin in the flow of tides for generating power. The turbine is designed as a tripod to reduce the footprint on the seabed. It is held in place by gravity and additional ballast. This turbine is already powering homes and businesses on Eday.
Scotland is eager in exploring the concept of clean and green renewable electricity from the natural movement of the tide.Scotland has a superior tidal power resource and massive power in its seas.
According to Keith Anderson, the CEO of Scottish Power Renewables, the test gives them confidence to implement larger-scale projects in Scotland. And the Scottish Government’s report confirms the plan to generate 100 percent of its electricity from renewable energy source and to “decarbonize” the electricity-generation sector by 2030.
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