Wind or waves - or maybe even biomass?

There has been a passionate debate raging in the local newspaper over the benefits of windfarms on one hand, and the advantages of wave and tidal power "stations" on the other.

Some of the contributors to the debate are making very interesting claims. One says that a wind turbine on the UK mainland was producing only at 15% of its annual capacity in 2010. He is therefore not very impressed - for obvious reasons. But he is not convinced that building wind turbines offshore - often is some very beautiful and environmentally fragile areas - is much better. His vote goes to a biomass plant. Unfortunately, he is not saying where he thinks the biomass would be coming from - particularly on our little island.

Whatever the facts in each case of alternative energy production, the issue is that both the public and the operators of these outfits will need to monitor and optimise the use of these often very large investments.Emma Hamilton

Topics: edie
Tags: biomass | offshore | wind turbines
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