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Marine tidal power generating clean electricity

 
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 7:32 am    Post subject: Marine tidal power generating clean electricity Reply with quote

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BBC News - 15/03/10



The waters of Strangford Lough run cold, fast and deep, but the experimental technology being tested in Northern Ireland is being promoted as one of the ways to reduce the UK's carbon emissions.

It is estimated that harnessing the power of the seas, using wave and tidal generation methods, could meet the electricity demand of 15 million UK homes every year.

Two years ago energy started being generated at SeaGen, an experimental tidal station off Portaferry in Northern Ireland.

Last month the turbine passed 1,000 hours of operation, a first for a marine energy device.

The 1.2MW tidal current turbine has achieved a capacity factor of 66% and so far delivered 800MWh into the national grid.

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