Target: Patricia Hawthorn, Chairman of Scottish Renewables
Goal: Applaud development and installation of tide turbines off the coast of Scotland.
The Earth has a finite quantity of fossil fuels that humans are using at a rapid pace. There is no question as to the importance of developing and installing renewable energy sources that are sustainable and do not contribute to global warming.
Solar panels and wind turbines have been installed across the globe in order to increase our use of sustainable energy sources; however, these two energy sources are dependent on the weather, which has unpredictable fluctuations. Deep sea tides have a high rate of predictability, and Scottish Renewables, in partnership with MeyGen, have been developing hydroelectric turbines to harness energy off the coast of Scotland.
Deep sea turbines withstand some of the criticisms given about wind turbines. For example, wind speed varies greatly throughout the year, meaning wind turbines do not produce a predictable, reliable quantity of energy. Tides have a much higher level of predictability and the deep sea tides are in constant motion, meaning the turbines under water are much more reliable. Furthermore, wind turbines have been criticized for being ugly, or stripping the top soil away from the land, whereas deep sea turbines are hidden underwater and cause no top soil degradation.
Tidal turbines are also far more effective than wind turbines due to the fact that water is 800 times denser than air, resulting in increased push to the blades. Only 269 turbines will produce enough energy to power 175,000 homes across Scotland.
It is vital that we develop sustainable, green energy sources. Sign this petition to thank Chairman Patricia Hawthorn of Scottish Renewables for partnering with MeyGen and participating in the development and installation of deep sea hydroelectric turbines.
Dear Chairman Hawthorn,
The recent partnership of Scottish Renewables with MeyGen has resulted in the development and the beginnings of the installation of nearly 270 deep sea hydroelectric turbines. These energy generators should power approximately 175,000 homes across Scotland with nearly 400 megawatts of power. This project contributes to a large cut in Scotland’s dependence on fossil fuels.
The benefits of tidal hydroelectric power over wind turbines include the fact that tidal turbines do not strip away the topsoil like wind turbines are suspected of doing. Furthermore, these turbines are deep below sea level, which means they will not interfere with farmland, construction projects, or even the view, making them an ideal form of energy generation.
Thank you for developing and installing hydroelectric power turbines in the deep water off the coast of Scotland. Please continue your efforts to harness green energy and promote environmental sustainability.
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