THE north is “perfectly placed to take advantage of the massive opportunities” in renewable energy, according to Maree Todd, the newly-elected MSP for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross. She says the area has a huge role to play in tidal energy and offshore wind farms and could lead the way in green technologies such as hydrogen developments and nuclear fusion. In an interview with the John O’ Groat Journal, Ms Todd said the Pentland Firth has 25 per cent of the tidal power in the whole of Europe and has major offshore wind projects such as Beatrice and Moray Offshore Renewables Ltd. The SNP MSP also highlighted the role Dounreay could play in developing nuclear fusion which she believes could be an option for the future of the plant. She says it could produce green energy without the nuclear waste associated with nuclear fission. The site has the skills and the diversity to tackle the project while the wider Highland area has the potential to be at the forefront of hydrogen technology.
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