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Saturday, July 08, 2006

UK Continues Moves Forward With Ocean Energy

This article,
UK Continues Energy Efforts into the Ocean
(6/27/06) from Renewable Energy Access reports on recent wave energy developmets in the UK. From the article:
A new chapter in the UK's search for a sustainable future has opened with the announcement of two new proposals for ocean energy research projects. One is an on-site wave energy project tapping the ocean's powerful swells as they make landfall, and the other, when completed, is a research center dedicated to energy research.

Hopefully, one of these days, we'll be able to issue a similarly exciting report on developments here in the U.S.

Still, despite the UK's efforts on wave, more wave power is needed to enable the UK to meet its goal for 20 percent of Britain's supply to come from renewable energy by 2020, according to this recent release by the Carbon Trust. A recent study said that offshore wind offered the potential to fill the gap caused by a reduction in coal and nuclear power, while if the UK gave wave energy better support it could develop an export industry worth up to £4 billion a year by 2050.


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