UK: The Scotland government has launched a project to map the wind and tidal energy potential of the Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters north of the country. They are calling the project the Marine Spatial Plan because it will not only gauge the tides and waves, but analyse the seabed, water depth and distance to shore of each area. The government expects to develop a preliminary map over the next year.
Renewable energy mapping has become an important part of green tech. Areas are mapped according to their wind, solar or geothermal potential and companies use that information to plan their energy projects. Mapping is crucial to understanding where and how the world can convert to renewable energy, but so far wind and tidal energy haven’t been mapped.