Scotland’s Next Wave: Marine Power via Bloomberg Business

Energy July 28, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

By Rodney Jefferson

The government looks to the sea to meet a target of 100 percent renewable energy

From his office in a converted Victorian schoolhouse, Neil Kermode can see little more than centuries-old stone buildings and narrow streets better suited to horse carts than Land Rovers. Yet Kermode, head of the European Marine Energy Centre in Scotland’s Orkney Islands, will tell you he can also see the future. Orkney, a collection of green, hilly islands where the North Sea collides with the Atlantic Ocean, has become a testing ground for wave and tidal power, technologies that will be instrumental in helping Scotland reach its goal of getting all its electricity from renewable sources by 2020. “The bit of alchemy of turning seawater into electricity has been done,” Kermode says as he gazes out at the busy harbor in Stromness, a 90-minute ferry ride from the Scottish mainland. “Now what we’ve got to do is to industrialize it and do it reliably.”

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英スコットランド、風力発電と波力発電で13万人の雇用を創出する via 日経ビジネスonline

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