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Wave Goodbye?

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30 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 02 October 2012

In the choppy waters around Orkney the hopes and dreams of hundreds of scientists, engineers and investors are being pushed to the limit. At the test sites of the European Marine Energy Centre eleven different ways of harnessing the power of the sea are being tested.

After four decades of promise Britain seems to be on the verge of discovering how to turn the tides and the waves into useable electricity. All that's holding the industry back is money. Money, and the fearsome engineering difficulties of building and maintaining power stations in the harshest conditions imaginable.

For 'Costing the Earth' Tom Heap travels to Orkney to meet the international cast of maritime engineers welding, soldering and modelling their way toward a low carbon Nirvana.

Producer: Alasdair Cross.

  • Seatricity buoys awaiting deployment at Stromness

    Seatricity buoys awaiting deployment at Stromness

    At harbours across Orkney wave generators and tidal turbines are waiting to be installed at the test centres of the European Marine Energy Centre.

    Seatricity
  • The Pelamis wave power device at Lyness Harbour

    The Pelamis wave power device at Lyness Harbour

    Pelamis Wave Power
  • Watching for wildlife

    Watching for wildlife

    Jenny Norris is in charge of EMEC's studies into the impact of wave and tidal devices on birds and marine mammals.

    European Marine Energy Centre
  • Wave devices in production at a Stromness boatyard

    Wave devices in production at a Stromness boatyard

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