Providing a glimpse of a renewable future: Orkney Islands, Scotland

Rough waters over huge rocky slabs just off of the Yesnaby coast, Orkney, Scotland. Photo source: ©© Chris West. Tidal power, also called tidal energy, is a form of hydropower that converts the energy of tides into useful forms of power, mainly electricity.


Orkney archipelago, situated where the North Sea and Atlantic Ocean collide, a maritime crossroads that Vikings featured in their sagas, continues to provide inspiration but this time it’s for a new generation of pioneers using the land and sea to produce renewable electricity.

Cutting-edge wave and tidal technology companies, beyond the portals of the European Marine Energy Centre, are drawn to the winds and stormy seas that dominate the 70 islands that make up the Orkney archipelago, as a test bed for the latest wave and tidal power technologies…

Viking boat. A replica of a smaller Viking boat found near roskilde, at the Viking harbour in Bork in western Jutland. Caption and Photo source: ©© Dans Le Grand Bleu

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Orkney Archipelagoe, Scotland, Becomes Test Bed for Wave and Tidal Power Technologies
Nowhere in the world conducts more research into marine energy than Scotland, whose countrymen invented the telephone, steam engine and television. Scotland’s government aims to harness that talent for innovation to the country’s natural resources to lead the way on wave and tidal energy, just as Saudi Arabia has with global oil production.