Capturing the power of the ocean – Scottish Power has been testing the HS1000 sub-sea turbine in the fast flowing coastal waters of the Orkney Islands in Northern Scotland.
Underwater and out of sight – The device is over 30-meters-tall and is mounted to the seabed by a giant steel support structure.
Power to the people – The HS1000 is already supplying enough electricity to power over 500 homes and business on the nearby Orkney Island of Eady.
To the power of ten – If all tests go to plan, Scottish Power will install 10 turbines in the Sound of Islay in Western Scotland.
World first – This will be the first such grouping of sub-sea tidal turbines anywhere in the world.
High costs of renwable energy – The Sound of Islay project will cost £70 million ($110 million) to complete and provide enough electricity to power over 5,000 homes.