Though renewable energy has made great strides in terms of its overall acceptance, we’ve still got a long road ahead of us if we want to mitigate the damage done to our planet. As such, it’s imperative that we continue to develop new solutions for sustainable power, because once our fossil fuels are gone, they’re gone for good.
One company that’s leading the charge is Orbital Marine Power, as they’ve just launched the world’s most powerful tidal turbine off the coast of Scotland. Dubbed the ‘O2,’ it’s a massive 74-meter (243-foot) structure with a pair of 1MW generators located port and starboard. In practice, its 10-meter (33-foot) blades are good for over 600-square-meters (6,458-square-feet) of swept area, allowing the turbine to provide reliable power for around 2,000 homes in the UK via an undersea cable. Moreover, it can be connected to an EMEC onshore electrolyser, generating green hydrogen and thereby further reducing our reliance on carbon. As the product of more than 15 years of development, the O2 offers a refreshing glimpse at the future of sustainable energy. Check it out at the link below.