The success of a pioneering tidal power project off Caithness could open the doors to the birth of a whole new industry in the Highlands and with it, a wave of employment and investment opportunities. Simec-Atlantis’ MeyGen scheme now has a firm foothold on the energy market and is providing an evermore reliable stream of electricity to the local grid, despite many still considering tidal power generation a thing of the future. Despite those suspicions, the project recently achieved 30GWh of output to the grid – more than any other project and around half the world’s total tidal energy generation. The Japanese have even commissioned a trial scheme worth around £12.7 million in the straits of Naru Island within the southern Japanese Goto island chain, with the turbine and base assembled at Nigg Energy Park in Easter Ross.
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