Can We Shift To The Solar Future? by Beverley Thorpe

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Other types of tidal energy generation systems World‟s first commercial wave farm by Ocean Power Delivery – Portugal 2006 The Pelamis stores energy in hydraulic accumulators The hydraulic motors drive electrical generators to produce electricity. Power from all the joints is fed down a single umbilical cable to a junction on the sea bed. Several could be linked together. A typical 30MW installation would occupy a square kilometre of ocean and provide sufficient electricity for 20,000 homes. Twenty of these farms could power a city such as Edinburgh.

Power from all the joints is fed down a single umbilical cable to a junction on the sea bed. Several could be linked together. A typical 30MW installation would occupy a square kilometre of ocean and provide sufficient electricity for 20,000 homes. Twenty of these farms could power a city such as Edinburgh. In the UK the total wave resource is equivalent to 2-3 times current electricity demand. Just 5% of wave energy in the UK could provide a similar generation capacity to that of the nuclear industry.

Just 5% of wave energy in the UK could provide a similar generation capacity to that of the nuclear industry. What plans for Ireland? ” The EU aims for 22% of electricity consumption from renewable sources in 2010. • • • • • • Solar Wind Bio-based Tidal Wave Energy efficiency (buildings, products) • New transport designs • How can consumers support the development of renewables? • What kind of subsidies and economic incentives? • Where can more information be found? • GET INVOLVED!

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