Island's Tidal Energy Plans Are Unveiled; TURBINES WILL SUPPLY OUR HOMES

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Byline: OWEN HUGHES

PLANS for a commercial tidal energy project off the coast of Anglesey will be unveiled this month.

Marine Current Turbines, and its project partner RWE npower renewables, will be hosting an exhibition about its scheme to harness the power of the tidal waters off the north-west coast of Anglesey.

It would generate electricity for up to 10,000 island homes.

The exhibition is an opportunity for people to learn more about the proposed project in advance of a planning application for the off-shore elements of the scheme being submitted to the Welsh Assembly Government in September.

The proposed tidal energy scheme, which has benefited from funding from the Welsh European Funding Office, will consist of up to nine turbines located between the Skerries group of rocks and islands and Carmel Head, about 1km off the Anglesey coast.

A spokesman said: "The 10MW tidal farm, named Skerries Tidal Stream Array, will use Marine Current Turbines' proven and award-winning tidal energy technology known as SeaGen (which is essentially an underwater windmill) to generate enough power to supply electricity to up to 10,000 homes - approximately 20% of Anglesey's electricity demand. The tidal array can make a significant contribution to Anglesey's vision to establish itself as a world renowned centre of excellence for demonstrating, producing and servicing low carbon energy as part of the Energy Island Programme. …