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Renewables on the Clyde

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24 Jun 2008

Following recent speculation, it has now been reported that solar lily pads are likely to become a fixture on Glasgow's River Clyde.

The proposal has come from Peter Richardson of ZM Architecture, whose proposal to use the pads as floating solar pads to power the electrical grid has taken first place in the International Design Awards, (IDA), 'Land and Sea' competition. The lily pads are tethered to the river bed and their design means they can be moved and dismantled easily.

ZM Architecture's claimed aim was to reduce the so called "carbon footprint" of the city. The proposal is also part of an integrated plan to revitalise the urban waterfront and stimulate river activity.

Glasgow City Council are understood to be planning a pilot project in conjunction with the Glasgow Science Centre.

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