Renewable energy has overtaken nuclear in Scotland

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Wave power machine powers 1400 homes in Scotland

Scotland is changing towards renewables. Renewable energy is getting bigger than nuclear power in the green country.
Records show renewables generated 32% more electricity than any other single source.

With 7.8TWh2, nuclear was the main source of Electricity. But now, the renewables sector generated a record 10.3TWh. Scotland wants to contribute to a green growing economy. It’s estimated that marine energy alone may be worth £50bn by 2050.

6 MW floating wind park for 56,000 homes

The Scottish Government announced that it has approved a floating offshore wind turbine which would see eight 6-megawatt wind turbines installed off the coast of Aberdeen, in the country’s northeast.

Planning consent was granted by the Scottish Government for the Kincardine Offshore Windfarm, a floating offshore wind farm which would be made up of eight 6-megawatt (MW) wind turbines. Set to be located approximately 15 kilometers off the south-east coast, the Kincardine Offshore Windfarm will be able to generate up to 50 MW — enough to power the equivalent of around 56,000 homes, and prevent carbon dioxide emissions of around 94,500 tonnes per year.

Green jobs

Wind turbines in Scotland alone generated enough electricity to supply three millions homes in the UK! Perfect for the world and perfect for the country because renewable business is create jobs in Scotland.

Lang Banks from WWF Scotland hailed the news saying:

There’s now a stark choice: an open door to a low-carbon future with green jobs, energy security and a clean energy source without waste disposal or supply issues, or investing in fossil fuels to create profits for polluting companies that extract resource at every level.

It’s time to combine this output with a decrease in demand by investing properly in insulation, smart technology and a cultural shift to a different expectation around energy use. Ending fuel poverty and tackling climate change have the same solution.

About the Oyster

A single Oyster can deliver up to a half megawatt of power as it sends water at high pressure to an onshore hydroelectric turbine.

An oscillating Wave Surge Converter placed offshore in a depth of about 10-12 meters reacts to the moving waves and its double acting pistons start pushing the seawater upwards at a very high pressure. Later, it is converted into power with the help of a hydroelectric generator.

What is Scotland’s natural resource base for renewables?

In addition to its existing installed capacity of hydropower (1.3 GW), it is estimated that wind, wave and tide make up more than 80% of Scotland’s  renewable energy potential – 36.5GW/wind (onshore and offshore), 7.5 GW/tidal power, 14 GW/wave power.

This total, almost 60 GW, is considerable greater than Scotland’s existing electrical generating capacity from all fuel sources of 10.3 GW.


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