Home / Ocean Energy / World’s largest tidal energy power plant to begin construction in Scotland
Moon Power - World's largest tidal energy power plant
Moon Power - World's largest tidal energy power plant

World’s largest tidal energy power plant to begin construction in Scotland

When you consider it, it’s truly Moon power!

The MeyGen tidal job in Scotland will certainly be the biggest tidal power plant on the planet when functional. Atlantis, the Australian firm that is developing it has actually simply gotten the thumbs-up from the federal government as well as building need to start this month. The tidal task will certainly be situated in a location that hinges on the network (” Internal Noise”) in between the island of Stroma as well as the north eastern idea of the Scottish landmass, inclusiving virtually 3.5 square-km of quick running water.

When MeyGen is completely functional, it ought to have 269 turbines that generate 398MW of clean energy, producing sufficient electricity to power 175,000 Scottish houses.

Right here’s a map revealing where the turbines will certainly be:

MeyGen tidal power project map - Atlantis/Promo image
MeyGen tidal power project map – Atlantis/Promo image

And here’s what the turbines will look like:

MeyGen tidal turbines - Atlantis/Promo image
MeyGen tidal turbines – Atlantis/Promo image

There are presently 2 distributors functioning making the turbines, as well as they both have actually released 1MW pre-production models. The turbines made use of in the real task ought to be a little larger based upon my back-of-the-envelope mathematics (if the capability number is 400MW as well as the variety of turbines is 269, each turbine needs to have a capability of concerning 1.48 MW).

Tides - Wikimedia/Public Domain
Tides – Wikimedia/Public Domain

Atlantis has actually increased USD $ 83 million to fund the very first stage of the task, which will certainly be the installment of 4 1.5 MW turbines in Scotland’s Pentland Firth. The demo stage is prepared to scale as much as 86MW. The business anticipates the very first electrons to be provided to the power grid in 2016, and also to have around 60 turbines mounted as well as providing power by 2020.

Scotland - Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0
Scotland – Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0

This is an intriguing job, due to the fact that it’ll aid reveal if tidal power could be a lot more affordable compared to various other types of wave power with the juggernaut that is solar energy, and also to a minimal level, wind power.

Via MeyGen official website,

Check Also

SECTOR funds research to map tidal energy possibility in Australia

SECTOR funds research to map tidal energy possibility in Australia

The Australian Renewable Energy Company (FIELD) has actually moneyed $ 2.49 m for the $ …

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *