The Oban Times - - Districts -

THE test­ing of a float­ing tidal en­ergy plat­form will take place in Con­nel dur­ing Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber of this year.

Sus­tain­able Marine En­ergy Lim­ited, a com­pany based in Ed­in­burgh, with an of­fice in Orkney, is a de­vel­oper of tidal re­new­able en­ergy plat­forms and an­chor­ing so­lu­tions.

John McG­lynn, Orkney pro­ject man­ager, hosted two pub­lic in­for­ma­tion events in the Con­nel Vil­lage Hall on Tues­day May 31.

The pre­sen­ta­tions demon­strated how the plat­form op­er­ates and what it looks like above and be­low the water. A buoy­ant plat­form that will be taut-moored to the seabed us­ing a unique an­chor­ing so­lu­tion over­comes the in­stal­la­tion and main­te­nance costs in­volved with the usual ap­proach of build­ing units sim­i­lar to wind tur­bines and plant­ing them in the seabed. The pro­posed site for the plat­form is to the south- east of Con­nel air­port.

Lo­cal res­i­dents and stake­hold­ers had an op­por­tu­nity to reg­is­ter any com­ments or con­cerns at the event and later on at the Con­nel Com­mu­nity Coun­cil meet­ing.

Visit sus­tain­able­ma­ for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion.

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