Thursday, 1 September 2011

Switching Sources of Power

The Caithness coast certainly has that edge-of-the-world feel. To the north, the Atlantic currents are channelled through the Pentland Firth, producing strong tidal flows and big waves. New companies, particularly engineering ones, have been set up to assist in the harvesting of its potential energies with the innovative devices that are becoming available. At the same time the nuclear reactor at Dounreay, which was set up in 1955, is being decommissioned and its 1900 associated jobs are dwindling. Nuclear energy has its detractors, wind farms have their objectors, but, as yet, tidal generators have not aroused waves of protest on either the mainland or the islands.

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