Tidal energy 'has only small ecological impact'

26 Aug 2010
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Tidal energy 'has only small ecological impact'

Tidal energy developments do not have much ecological impact, according to trade and professional body Renewable UK.

The organisation's national campaigns coordinator Adam Bell stated that there are currently tests being carried out to see how tidal power can be used to meet UK energy requirements.

"Every one put in the sea has to go through an environmental assessment in order to make sure it doesn't have an adverse impact on local marine life," he noted.

Mr Bell was commenting after Norwegian tidal turbine manufacturers Hammerfest Strom announced that a £4 million deal will result in it creating a new world-leading design of tidal energy turbine.

Hammerfest Strom is working in conjunction with Scottish Power on the turbines, which will be constructed in the Western Isles of Scotland.

RWE npower renewables and tidal energy developers Marine Current Turbines of Bristol recently said they are to develop one of the first commercial-scale tidal stream projects in the world, to be located off the coast of Anglesey. 

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