North Korea exploring sanctions-proof energy technologies

Power-strapped North Korea is exploring two ambitious alternative energy sources—tidal power and coal-based synthetic fuels—that could greatly improve living standards and reduce its reliance on oil imports and vulnerability ...

Microsoft sinks data centre off Scottish archipelago

US tech giant Microsoft has submerged a data centre off the Orkney archipelago in northern Scotland in a project to save on the energy used to cool the servers on land, the firm said Wednesday.

How tidal energy could help Japan with its nuclear power problem

Japan was the third-largest producer of nuclear power in the world in 2011. Then, on March 11 of that year, an earthquake of magnitude 9 was followed by a catastrophic tsunami, resulting in the first nuclear disaster of the ...

The tide is turning for underwater turbines

A scale-up of tidal energy projects aims to expand capacity, improve reliability and prove their worth to investors as a renewable energy source.

Massive hydroelectric lagoon planned off Wales

A British firm on Monday launched plans to build a giant lagoon off the southern Welsh coast that would harness the tide to provide electricity for the whole of Wales.

'Ecosystem services' help assess ocean energy development

With many projects under development in coastal regions such as New England, tidal power—which extracts "hydrokinetic" energy from marine environments—seems poised to join other U.S. commercial power sources. A new study ...

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