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Tidal-powered datacentre finds Highland home

Antony Savvas

The Scottish Highlands are set to be the home of the UK's first datacentre powered by tidal energy.

The BBC reports that hundreds of jobs could be created by the site near Castle of Mey. A possible spin-off from the scheme is that excess energy created by the site could be used to power the production of fresh produce at Prince Charles' nearby organic food business.

Tidal power developer Atlantis Resources Corporation has confirmed to the BBC it is considering the project, which would be powered by a tidal scheme in the Pentland Firth.

Atlantis has already held talks with the public development agency Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).

James Mitchell, head of business development for Atlantis, said the project could lessen the blow from local workforce reductions at the former Dounreay nuclear power complex.

He told the BBC, "We estimate that our plans in the region would ultimately create at least 700 new jobs over the next decade in association with the installation, operation and maintenance of the tidal current turbines.

"We are also keen to use the excess heat from the datacentre to warm greenhouses. The site under consideration is close to Prince Charles' Castle of Mey, so perhaps we can use renewable energy from the Pentland Firth to help grow local organic food under his Mey Selections range."

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