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'The worlds biggest' tidal array to be installed in Scotland

Scotland's Government announced they are in the process of building 'The worlds biggest' tidal array in the Pentland Firth, Northern Scotland.

The finished project will involve the installation of circa 270 turbines on the seafloor and will provide enough electricity to power 175,000 homes and will also create 100 jobs. Construction is due to start Q4 2014 with the initial phase involving the construction and installation of four 1.5MegaWatt turbines that will supply the national grid by 2016.

Scotland is no stranger to renewable installations and is home to the worlds first commercial wave generator which is estimated to provide marine-based renewable energy that could power 750,000 homes in Scotland. Furthermore according to the UK Government, the UK has approximately 50 percent of Europe's energy tidal energy resources and if developed fully will account for 20 percent of the UK's power.

“This innovative and exciting project puts Scotland and the U.K. on the map as a global leader in marine technology – meaning jobs, better energy security and the potential to export this technology to the world,” U.K. Energy Secretary Ed Davey said in a statement. “The project also shows what can be done when the U.K. and Scottish Governments work together to provide a lasting benefit for the people of Scotland.” 

Written by Nick Dereka, Head of Digital, Prime People Plc.