U.K.’s Scottish Power plans world’s biggest wave farm

British utility Scottish Power announced it plans to develop the world’s biggest wave power generation project off Scotland’s Orkney Islands.

Scottish Power hopes to get the 10 million pound (US$19.5 million), 3-MW wave power farm running by 2008. Four 160-meter-long Pelamis “Sea Snake” wave power generators developed by Ocean Power Delivery should produce enough power for 2,000 homes, Scottish Power said February 20.

The wave farm is to be developed at Scotland’s European Marine Energy Center in the Orkneys. The government of Scotland last year began taking applications for 8 million pounds (US$15.2 million) in assistance for development of ocean energy projects at the center. (HNN 10/30/06)

“It will be a test of the actual devices that will be used commercially and, if successful, should help propel Scotland into the forefront of marine energy throughout the world,” Scottish Power’s renewables director, Keith Anderson, said. “This kind of marine generator can make the best use of Scotland’s natural resources and help combat the threat of global warming in the future.”

The United Kingdom is increasingly looking to generate electricity from its wind-swept coastal areas in an effort to cut carbon emissions from the power sector as part of the fight against global warming.

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