The power of our oceans has long been seen as potential source of energy.
The UK has some of the best wave and tidal resources in the world, but it's only in the last decade that it has become more than a pipe dream. By 2020, the UK could produce 2GW of energy from wave and tidal power - enough to supply 1.4 million homes*
Wave energy occurs in the movement of the water near the surface of the sea. Waves are formed by the wind blowing over the surface of the sea. This moves the water near the surface, creating waves. The greatest amount of energy is available in deeper well exposed waters offshore and there are many different ways of capturing this energy.
22 November 2011
Anniversary of wave energy machine project marks next phase of wave farm reality in Orkney waters
The project was also recently shortlisted for the best project award at the Scottish Green Energy Awards to be held in December 2011.
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Harnessing Energy From Our Oceans (PDF, 3.6MB)
Pelamis Wave Energy Project Information Sheet (PDF, 978KB)
*Source: RenewableUK - Marine Renewable Energy, State of industry report, March 2010