European energy 'could be created through hydroelectricity'

03 Nov 2010
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European energy 'could be created through hydroelectricity'

Hydroelectricity is a growing industry which is increasingly being looked into by European energy companies.

According to Lars Horn of the Research Council of Norway and chair of the Marine Board of the European Science Foundation, although marine renewable energy remains quite new, it has the potential to generate a large proportion of European energy requirements.

He cited a report by the Marine Board, which stated that by 2050, half of the European energy produced could come from hydroelectricity.

Mr Horn said: "Marine renewable energy is in its infancy, but it has remarkable potential so the target of 50 per cent is ambitious, but achievable - we just need research, industry and policy to come together."

Last month, Jake Griffiths, the Wales Green Party leader, stated that the country has a huge potential to create renewable energy, despite a cancelled £30 billion investment in a hydroelectricity facility at the Severn Estuary.

He welcomed the scrapping of the scheme, claiming that it would have damaged the environment in the local area. 

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