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Scotland and China break new ground with tidal power

This article originally featured in The Skylark’s newsletter and was written as a condensed news in brief.

A 500 kilowatt tidal stream turbine has been successfully installed off the coast of China, with a rotor diameter of 18 metres. Situated off China’s east coast Zhoushan archipelago, the turbine will use the natural ebb and flow of the tidal waters, similar to a wind turbine. It is hoped that the successful project will pave the way for a rapid future rollout of tidal power across China, especially considering the project’s continuance despite the coronavirus pandemic.

Scotland is also making use of the increasing development of tidal power, with the planned installation of the world’s most powerful floating tidal turbine. The system, which floats on the surface of the water, will be installed off the coast of Orkney and is expected to produce enough electricity to power a third of the island’s needs.

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