Britain’s wave and tidal energy industry yesterday received a major government boost to help the green technologies grow.
The Technology Strategy Board and Scottish Enterprise are investing more than £6.5m in seven research projects to support marine energy.
Between the northern tip of Scotland and the Orkney Islands is Pentland Firth, a five-mile stretch of water that marks the meeting point between the Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea.
Four renewable energy companies which will compete for the £10m Saltire Prize have been named by Scottish ministers.
The competition was set up to encourage the development of wave and tidal energy devices in Scottish waters.
ScottishPower Renewables, Aquamarine Power, Pelamis Wave Power and MeyGen will each attempt to produce the most electricity over a two-year period, using only the power of the sea.
Projects will be launched off Lewis, in the Pentland Firth and Orkney waters.
The latest phase of the contest will run until 2017.
SSE has become the first of the major energy companies to introduce price increases this year.
Tariffs will increase by an average of nine per cent from the 15th October 2012 in a move that will affect the firms’ 3.4 million gas and five million electricity customers. The price rise applies to both types of tariff.
The news has sparked fears that British Gas and other energy firms will follow. When British Gas owner, Centrica announced its latest financial results in May, it said: “The trend for retail energy costs therefore remains upwards.”
E.On has already promised that it will not raise energy prices in 2012. None of the other main suppliers have made such a promise.
The ß.torics system was invented by Barcelona-based German Architect André Broessel. He sought to create a solar system that could be embedded in the walls of buildings so that they may act as both windows and energy generators. But the project isn’t only noteworthy for its solar efficiency capabilities – the ß.torics system is designed to generate lunar energy too!
The spheres are able to concentrate diffused moonlight into a steady source of energy. The futuristic ß.torics system is catching a lot of attention for its clean and beautiful design. (Despite solar power’s huge potential, we haven’t seen too many beautiful solar power technologies). We’re excited to see how architects will incorporate these energy generating orbs into alternative energy agendas and future building designs!
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