It isn’t often you hear about tidal energy in the news but it has the potential to power the world. Particularly, Scotland has the potential to exploit the Pentland Firth which is widely considered to be one of the world’s best sites for tidal power.

Oxford University engineers calculated that underwater turbines strung across the entire width of the Firth could generate a maximum 1.9 GW of power, averaged across the fortnightly tidal cycle. That is equivalent to 16.5 TW/h of electricity a year, almost half Scotland’s entire annual electricity consumption in 2011.

A notable achievement of the turbines currently in Pentland Firth happened this August when it generated 700 megawatt-hours of electricity in August, a world record amount.

David Taaffe, the project delivery director at Atlantis Resources, said in a statement: “The production performance from the installed turbines on the MeyGen project has been very good.

“August proved to be a world record month, providing enough energy to power 2,000 Scottish homes from just two turbines. “

“We expect to continue to break records throughout the rest of the year generating both predictable power and revenue,” he said.

Dr. Sam Gardner, acting director of WWF Scotland, said: “News of this world record for monthly production is a really exciting moment. This is a sign that Scotland is really making progress in harnessing the power of our seas and that we’re on our way to securing a low-carbon future.

“By supporting projects like this one, which provides clean, predictable, homegrown power, the Scottish Government can help fight climate change, strengthen our energy security and drive further job creation in sustainable industries.”

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