This article in the Independent caught my imagination back in March. A company called Marine Current Turbines is using their SeaGen project (pictured) to generate electricity from the tidal movement of water in and out of Strangford Lough in Northern Ireland using underwater turbines. This morning I spotted Tom Shelley’s article over at Eureka Magazine – electricity generation is about to commence! After some installation delays, the first electric power should be generated on Friday 4th July. This 1.2 MW project is only the start too; a 10.5 MW project is planned for the waters around Anglesey in Wales.
I just love the concept of these underwater windmills, reliably spinning away to generate electricity sustainably, regardless of the weather. It’s suggested that the SeaGen technology should have far less impact on the marine environment than would a tidal generation project such as the Severn Barrage, AND there are a host of potential SeaGen generation sites. Personally, I wish them the best of luck.