Gallery: UK’S First Marine Energy Park to Harvest 27 Gigawatts of Wave ...


The UK’s climate Change Minister Greg Barker announced today that South West England will soon be home to the country’s first Marine Energy Park. The park, once completed, will stretch from Bristol to the Isles of Scilly and will have the potential to generate 27 gigawatts of power from the waves and tides of the area by 2050 – the same amount of power generated by 8 coal-fired plants. The project will draw on public and private resources with a huge boost from the world’s leading wave energy research and development facilities located along the future Marine Energy Park’s coastline.

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  1. tahrey January 30, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Care to elucidate how, Hyncharas, miles out to sea and 95% submerged, syphoning off a little of the very considerable tidal and wave energy that naturally causes massive erosion damage to the seabed and shoreline, this scheme counts as an eyesore, or something that erodes the natural world?

    Or would you prefer a lot more inland mining for lead, mercury and uranium contaminated coal to burn in the existing, far from pretty power stations?

    Or indeed the previously proposed and rejected (I think?) Severn Barrier that this is a higher-powered, more environmentally friendly alternative to?

  2. rawky January 30, 2012 at 7:42 am

    everything comes with a price, if you want to be using your oven in 20 years time and not having to light candles during the impending blackouts then you’ve got to put up and shutup. Just what is it with people in my country thinking they can have their cake and eat it too! HMMMM….

  3. Arfamo January 30, 2012 at 6:03 am

    Hardly an eye-sore when the majority of it is under the sea; at last, the development of the only renewable that can consistently deliver – wave power. I used to be a supporter of wind-power, and still think it has its place, albeit a small one, but last winter’s “windless freeze”, plus unwanted over-production in stormy weather puts it’s limitations into perspective

  4. cynical January 30, 2012 at 4:04 am

    Friend of mine actually has job with an agency where she’s paid to comment on articles like these – Her comments all follow a fairly standard ‘reverse reality’ format – i.e. position anything not coal or nuclear as damaging to the environment and a crazy waste of public money.

    Good friend but we tend to disagree on many things….
    Is this one of your’s Claire? 😉

  5. Hyncharas January 23, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    I like the marine power idea even less than those prop-wind turbines. Just what is my government’s appauling obssession with power generating eysores or devices that erode the natural world?!

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