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ETI says technology is 10 times dearer than other low carbon power sources and UK should prioritise tidal streamAn embryonic industry trying to harness the UK’s waves to generate clean electricity has been dealt a significant blow by a warning that the technology is too costly.Wave power devices being tested in Cornwall and at Orkney are 10 times more expensive than other sources of low carbon power and need a radical rethink, the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) said
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2017-01-16 06:23:16
You report (Tidal lagoon power is ‘reliable and affordable’, 13 January) that the Swansea Bay scheme “would be the first of its kind in the world”. In France, the Rance estuary plant has been operating since 1966. In Canada, in the Bay of Fundy, which has the highest tides in the world, the plant at Annapolis Royal has been operating since being opened by Prince Charles in 1984
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2017-01-15 12:35:02
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£1.3bn plan is seen as ‘pathfinder’ for six bigger plants, which could generate more than 10% of UK’s electricity Plans for a pioneering tidal power lagoon in Swansea Bay are expected to be supported by a government-commissioned report this week, potentially unlocking a multibillion-pound series of projects harnessing electricity from the rise and fall of the tide around the UK
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2017-01-10 00:00:26
Wednesday, November 9th, 2016      Leave a Comment
Investment fund would help wave and tidal power to provide a tenth of the bloc’s power by 2050The EU is proposing to spend hundreds of millions of euros to help the budding ocean energy industry to provide a tenth of the bloc’s power by 2050.
The boost would take the form of a €250m investment fund, with an additional €70m set aside for insurance, loans and guarantees, according to the roadmap for channelling the potential of wave and tidal energy
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2016-11-09 05:51:48
Saturday, October 8th, 2016      Leave a Comment
A prototype system of dams and turbines in Swansea Bay could provide Britain with a major zero-carbon source of powerBackers of an ambitious proposal to transform the UK’s power supply will learn in the next few weeks if they are to be given the go-ahead to build tidal lagoons to generate electricity
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2016-10-08 13:28:34
Monday, September 12th, 2016      Leave a Comment
MeyGen tidal stream project leads the way in tackling climate change and providing jobs, says Nicola SturgeonThe launch of the world’s first large-scale tidal energy farm in Scotland has been hailed as a significant moment for the renewable energy sector.A turbine for the MeyGen tidal stream project in the Pentland Firth was unveiled outside Inverness in the Scottish Highlands
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2016-09-12 14:24:51
Monday, August 29th, 2016      Leave a Comment
Nova Innovation deploys first fully operational array of tidal power turbines in the Bluemull SoundA power company in Shetland has claimed a breakthrough in the race to develop viable offshore tidal stations after successfully feeding electricity to local homes.Nova Innovation said it had deployed the world’s first fully operational array of tidal power turbines in the Bluemull Sound between the islands of Unst and Yell in the north of Shetland, where the North Sea meets the Atlantic
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2016-08-29 06:43:43
Sunday, August 21st, 2016      Leave a Comment
Michael Grange (Letters, 19 August) recommends “not asking the frogs first” before building tidal barrages on the Severn. But we are already being spoken to by the sand eels, mosquitoes, birds, butterflies and even the humble Highland saxifrage (Climate change threatens UK’s mountain plant life, 18 August) if only we would listen
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2016-08-21 12:43:36
Friday, August 19th, 2016      Leave a Comment
Tidal power | Great British Bake Off | Theresa May on holiday | Michael Gove’s beard | Three feet | Christmas stamps | KnickersPhil Jones (Letters, 18 August) says that tidal energy cannot possibly provide baseload power, because it offers energy in “four three-hour blocks a day”. Make that 80 three-hour blocks a day: the tide is a wave that takes 20 hours to move around the British Isles
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2016-08-19 12:21:43
Wednesday, August 17th, 2016      Leave a Comment
Steve Emsley is wrong when he compares tidal lagoons with Hinkley and asks why tidal energy is not even being discussed (Letters, 17 August). The latest estimated cost of the lagoon proposed for Swansea Bay is £1.3bn. Hinkley would produce 65 times as much electricity, all day, every day – true “baseload”
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2016-08-17 12:35:18
Wednesday, July 27th, 2016      Leave a Comment
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Rising sea levels due to hurricanes and tidal flooding intensified by climate change will put military bases along the U.S. East Coast and Gulf Coast at risk, according to a report released on Wednesday.
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2016-07-27 00:58:13