Blogging from the Highlands of Scotland until I return to the Murcia region of Spain in the Autumn for a month or so
'From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step' - Diderot
Wednesday, 10 September 2008
Sea-bed leasing for power generation to begin soon
The Crown Estate, which owns the UK's territorial seabed, is to begin the leasing process to allow potential power generators to bid for leases on particular parcels of Scotland's sea-bed in order to deploy power generation equipment there. Although some equipment has been undergoing testing off Orkney for a couple of years the technology is in its infancy and the 'prize' is apparently the Pentland Firth channel between mainland Scotland and Orkney, where there are particularly strong (and dangerous) tidal currents. I expect it will be a few years before the technical issues are ironed out to allow this method of energy generation to be viable and durable enough to even begin to meet the target of installing 1 gigawatt of generation capacity for the national grid to be in place by 2020.