Wind is increasingly important for generating renewable energy. So, too, is water.
Now a Scottish company is using the ocean tides to generate electricity in a new way. Their 74 metre long floating tidal turbine is anchored to the seabed at four different points.
It has recently been connected to the local electricity network by undersea cable. Two turbine nacelles with 10m blades capture tidal energy over an area of 600m² and thus create 1 MW.
The turbine has the potential to power around 2,000 households to go with its operational lifespan of 15 years.
The firm plans to use its offshore turbine in river currents as well.