Scotland kicks off world’s first large-scale tidal energy project

September 14, 2016 by  
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Renewable energy advocates celebrate another victory this week as officials launched the world’s first large-scale tidal energy farm off the coast of Scotland. The MeyGen tidal stream project led by Edinburgh-based Atlantis Resources will be comprised of four 49-foot-tall turbines which harness energy from the ocean’s waves to produce electricity free from greenhouse gas emissions . The project promises to eventually generate enough energy to power 175,000 homes throughout the country, a huge leap forward for renewables and the job market in Scotland. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sAbCdKKqMM First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon unveiled the first of four turbines at a ceremony outside Inverness in the Scottish Highlands. This turbine, just like the others that will follow, measures 49 feet tall, with blades 52 feet in diameter. Each turbine weighs nearly 220 tons and has a capacity of 1.5 megawatts. The turbines will all be installed off the northern coast of Scotland between Caithness and Orkney. Related: Atlantis announces funding for world’s largest tidal energy project in Scotland So far, the Scottish government has approved and funded the massive tidal energy project to the tune of $30 million. The first four turbines are simply the first phase of the project, which Atlantis Resources hopes will eventually be expanded to 269 turbines with a cumulative capacity of 398MW, or the equivalent amount of electricity used by 175,000 homes per year. The project aims to reach maximum capacity in the early 2020s. “I am incredibly proud of Scotland’s role in leading the way in tackling climate change and investment in marine renewables is a hugely important part of this,” said the First Minister at the opening ceremony. “MeyGen is set to invigorate the marine renewables industry in Scotland and provide vital jobs for a skilled workforce, retaining valuable offshore expertise here in Scotland that would otherwise be lost overseas.” Via The Guardian Images via MeyGen

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Statoil’s Hywind off Scotland’s coast set to be world’s largest floating wind farm

November 3, 2015 by  
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Offshore wind power is booming in Europe. And when it’s completed, the Hywind project will be the largest floating wind farm development in the world, producing enough power to light up nearly 20,000 homes. Owned by Norway’s Statoil, Hywind just got its marine license from the Scottish government – giving it the go-ahead for installation about 25 kilometers off the coast of Peterhead, Scotland. The pilot project proposed by Statoil will feature five floating turbines capable of producing 6 Megawatts each, for a total annual generating capacity of 135 Gigawatt hours. Read the rest of Statoil’s Hywind off Scotland’s coast set to be world’s largest floating wind farm

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TransCanada asks US govt to suspend application for controversial Keystone XL pipeline

November 3, 2015 by  
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TransCanada, the company pushing to build a massive pipeline through the American Midwest, told the government on Monday to suspend its application, effectively halting the approval process. In this surprising twist, the hopeful builders of the Keystone XL pipeline are seeking to avoid the project’s imminent rejection and buy more time to complete a review in Nebraska, which the company had previously tried to avoid. This is the latest development in a long struggle that has inspired public protest from environmentalists, farmers, indigenous peoples, and others. Read the rest of TransCanada asks US govt to suspend application for controversial Keystone XL pipeline

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Modern Scottish retreat is disguised as an old stone mill

April 7, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of Modern Scottish retreat is disguised as an old stone mill Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: dramatic slope , Edinburgh Architectural Association Regeneration and Conservation Award , holiday home , renovated mill , Scottish Borders , split levels , The Mill , WT Architecture

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Robotic vehicle captures a never-before-seen view of Antarctic sea floor

April 7, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. A team of scientists recently deployed a “first-of-its-kind” robotic vehicle that dove to depths never before seen under the Antarctic Ross Ice Shelf . The vehicle went through a hole only 12-inches in diameter, traveled through 65 feet of ice, then dove through another 500 feet of sea water until it reached the ocean floor. There, a camera mounted on the robotic rover captured footage of the sea floor unlike any seen before. Read the rest of Robotic vehicle captures a never-before-seen view of Antarctic sea floor Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: antarctica exploration , antarctica glacier , antarctica ice , antarctica ice shelf , antarctica robot , antarctica vehicle , europa , ice shelf exploration , icefin , jupiter moon europa , mcmurdo station

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Donald Trump Loses Battle Against Scottish Wind Farm

March 29, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock Despite opposition from the world’s most outspoken billionaire , an offshore wind farm near Aberdeen has been given the green light by the Scottish government. The 11-turbine project will overlook the North Sea, not far from Trump’s International Golf Resort. The billionaire claims that the green project will obstruct the views from his billion-dollar resort, potentially costing him millions. Read the rest of Donald Trump Loses Battle Against Scottish Wind Farm Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “wind power” , Donald Trump , Donald Trump Scotland Wind Farm , eco design , green design , offshore wind farm Aberdeen , sustainable design , Trump’s International Gulf Resort

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How 40 Endangered Sea Eagles Bring in $3 Million a Year to Small Scottish Island

January 18, 2010 by  
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Photo via the BBC Endangered sea eagles have been making a slow but distinct recovery in recent years. The awe-inspiring bird has been successfully breeding in the wild after 25 years of aid from conservationists. While this is certainly good news for the imperiled species, it’s also proved to be quite a boon to the Scottish island of Mull, which is home to nearly half of the sea eagle population–thanks to interest in the eagles and the birds’ recovery, Mull is raking in over $3 million annually in a flourishing tourist industry…

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Another Good Reason For A Holiday Today: It’s Blue Monday

January 18, 2010 by  
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No, it’s not Blue Monday because everyone is using the holiday in the States to go see Avatar .

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Never Lose Your Slippers Again

January 18, 2010 by  
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I never can find my slippers; the dog likes moving them around. Perhaps if they were hidden in a carpet like Tapistrongs by French designer Lise El Sayed.

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Largest Working Hydro-Electric Wave Energy Device in the World Launched

November 30, 2009 by  
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The largest working hydro-electric wave energy device was launched by Queen’s University Belfast, Aquamarine Power Ltd. and the Scottish government recently, bringing the global wave energy industry one major move forward

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