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Scotland is building the world’s largest tidal wind turbine.

As the race continues to move away from fossil fuels, and the air pollution they cause, the University of Edinburgh and Orbital Marine Power are looking to cement the UK’s reputation as an offshore powerhouse.
On Tuesday 17th January 2023, Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, paid a visit to the most prestigious seat of learning in Scotland’s capital to witness the launch of a new project aimed at maximizing tidal energy generation.
Princess Anne, who is also the University’s Chancellor, met academic colleagues at the renowned FastBlade facility to learn about the groundbreaking MAXBlade project. Worth around £10m, the undertaking is funded by the European Union and UK Research and Innovation, and will explore a range of innovations to boost performance of turbines while reducing cost.
The full lifecycle of tidal turbines will be explored, starting with material sourcing and manufacturing and running through operation, decommission and recycling processes. Blade length will increase, from 10 to 14 metres – the longest on the planet – which experts believe will have the single biggest impact on performance. Design and development is expected to take two years, with construction itself estimated at 18-months.
A key long-term goal of the project is positioning the European composite sector as the global leader in tidal blade design and build. Meanwhile, the area currently being used by Scottish tidal technology company Orbital Marine Power will increase by 70%, to more than 1,000 square metres, contributing to the UK which could benefit from £40b in revenue if the sector’s full potential is harnessed.
‘Orbital is delighted to be involved with so many great partners on this truly cutting-edge project. MAXBlade will help deliver tidal energy into a future, low-carbon energy mix at lower costs while, at the same time, position UK & European businesses to benefit from long-term industrial opportunities that will come from this new, sustainable industry,’ said Andrew Scott, Chief Executive Officer at Orbital Marine Power.
‘The University of Edinburgh is delighted to be a partner in the MAXBlade project, where we will demonstrate the unique rapid testing capability of the FastBlade facility. This will help the tidal energy industry to de-risk their ongoing turbine developments and provide low-cost, reliable renewable energy to the grid. We will also lead the development of thermoplastic resins in MAXBlade and the circular economy roadmap needed for future tidal blade manufacturing and recycling,’ added Professor Conchúr Ó Brádaigh, Head of School and Chair of Materials Engineering at Edinburgh University.
Last month, Ripple Energy, which operates the UK’s first consumer-owned wind farm, announced members would save £783 from their energy bills in 2023, up from £275 in the previous year, and are projected to pay upfront costs off a decade early.

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  • Sarah Chabane

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    It's a good development but it's not a wind turbine but a tidal turbine, it's activated by waves and not the wind so you should maybe edit your post. Also, the link you provided doesn't work. Do you have another source?

    • We Don't Have Time

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      Dear Tabitha Kimani Thank you for getting your climate love to level 2! We have reached out to GOV.UK and requested a response. I will keep you updated on any progress! /Adam We Don't Have Time

      • Muhammad Fahd Khan

        76 w

        That's the way

        • Elizabeth Gathigia

          77 w

          Great initiative, it will help alot in fight gainst fossil fuel

          • Tabitha Kimani

            77 w

            This is intentional investment.

            • Saustine Lusanzu

              77 w

              Great initiative

              • George Kariuki

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                Great action by the Scotland people, contributes to the fight against fossil fuels.

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