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Video of the week: The tide needs to turn on tidal power

22/09/2019
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The UK is rapidly adopting renewable energy generation such as offshore wind and solar. But what about tidal power? Estimates suggest that the UK has 50% of the tidal resources in Europe and 9% of global tidal resources. And whilst there are a few nascent projects underway off Britain’s coasts (Northern Scotland and the Isle of Wight being the most high-profile), there’s a worry that without significant government investment and support, the UK could lose out.

That’s the subject of EngineeringPro’s Video of the Week:



A full-scale tidal energy industry UK would generate jobs, exports and inward investment. What are your thoughts on tidal energy? Let us know in the comments below. The best, most insightful comments will be featured in the next issue of the EngineeringPro newsletter.
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Greta Thunberg, Extinction Rebellion and the like are manna from heaven for the media, and they will force politicians to move in the direction of minimal use of precious materials and resources to sustain a decent way of life for all using low-carbon energy technologies. Onshore wind will never be bettered in this respect, as a renewable technology. The capital cost of tidal power will be at least double that of onshore wind, per unit of electricity generated and its planetary impact will be doubled too. A lobbying letter from powerful renewable companies and NGOs was sent to the UK Government calling for support in building 35 GW of new onshore windfarms. This prompted me to do a new blog post, which links back to a blog post comparing the capital cost of the UK’s new Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant to the equivalent number of the largest of the UK’s onshore windfarms – Whitelee. The essence of this second blog post was to ask the signatories to that letter to discuss with young members of their extended families. or any young people of their acquaintance, this ‘parting shot’: “…Search your conscience if your support of renewables imposes upon them:……….2X the capital cost; 18X the unwarranted waste of precious materials and resources……….The attendant GHG emissions and fossil-fuelled energy use every step of the way, from mining/quarrying, through processing, manufacture and installation……….Envision for them, their experience of 1600X the scenic desecration, ecosystem destruction, species wipe-out and waste mountains…” Capital cost holds dark, dark secrets the renewable industries, powerful NGOs and lobbyists don’t want politicians and our scared and anxious young people to know about: https://bwrx-300-nuclear-uk.blogspot.com/2019/08/young-family-members-will-abhor.html
Colin Megson , 27 September 2019
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