A team led by a researcher in Thurso is looking at how drone technology can be used to measure tidal currents to help revolutionise marine renewables. It is hoped that the pilot project could lead to a simple, effective way to identify locations for underwater tidal turbines, reducing costs for renewable energy developers and generating opportunities for developing countries. Current methods for measuring tidal streams rely on using survey vessels or installing seabed sensors which can be time consuming and expensive. But the team from the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) is now planning to run tests in the Pentland Firth and the Ramsey Sound in Wales in various weather conditions.
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