New renewable energy source to be tested off coast of Wales
A unique renewable energy scheme involving underwater “kite-turbines” is being launched off the coast of north Wales.
As part of the £25 million (€35 million) project, 20 turbines will be anchored off Anglesey and when fully operational should generate enough electricity to power 8,000 homes.
Initially 30 jobs will be created but if the system works well, the Swedish company behind it, Minesto, believes hundreds more could follow.
The Welsh government is keen to promote wave and tidal energy and find ways of bringing skilled jobs to places like Anglesey.
Welsh first minister Carwyn Jones said: “This will not only help create greener and more efficient sources of energy, but will also create jobs and vital opportunities for growth in north Wales.”
Minesto has been testing the kite turbine system in Strangford Loch in Northern Ireland. It has chosen for the permanent Welsh site a southern corner of a stretch of water called Holyhead Deep.
Source: The Guardian