World’s Largest Tidal Power Project
The world’s largest tidal turbine farm is under construction off the north-western coast of France. The first turbine was brought to sea for a “series of commissioning tests” on August 31st, 2011. Final installation should happen shortly after the tests. Each turbine (see image below) will generate 2MW of electricity. Once completed, the tidal farm will produce enough electricity to power 4000 homes.
(To give you an idea of scale, take a look at the tiny people to the left of the turbine!)
I truly get encouraged when I hear of projects like these. What a difference it would make if North American governments spent our taxes supporting these types of projects rather than oil and gas development.