Examination of Witnesses (Questions 40
WEDNESDAY 14 MARCH 2001
40. We must come to a conclusion there. If you
have a very quick point, Mr Bronsdon, because I have a final question
(Mr Bronsdon) Just to comment that there are devices
under development that do not necessarily use moving parts under
water for the exploitation of tidal energy.
41. My very quick question to you is, since
you are interested in exploiting technology, in many of the submissions
we have received there has been a suggestion that there ought
to be better international competition in the field of wave and
tidal energy, and we might get further forward. Do you think it
would be possible to foster some form of competition between those
West European countries that have got tidal and wave strengths,
such as our country, Portugal, Ireland, The Netherlands and Denmark,
is it possible to foster some form of spirit of competition, or
are we just going to rely on Denmark to provide all the technology?
(Mr Bronsdon) I believe it would be a significant
benefit actually to try to draw those issues together. One area
would be looking at, for example, within a test site, by providing
a monitoring base, you can foster the competition between performance
of either companies or devices, under varying conditions, and
actually that provides a very good basis for a testing ground
within the British Isles.
42. And we might be able to share technology
and share the risk and share the rewards?
(Mr Bronsdon) Yes.
43. On that happy note, and we are dead on five
o'clock, and I know two of my colleagues have to leave, and we
also have another set of witnesses; may I thank you both for travelling
some distance to be with us. Dr Taylor, thank you very much for
putting Greenpeace's point of view, and, Mr Bronsdon, thank you
very much indeed for interrupting your studies for your Business
Degree, which I think you are sitting tomorrow or tonight, is
(Mr Bronsdon) In an hour and a half's time.
44. We wish you all the best in that.
(Mr Bronsdon) Thank you.
Chairman: Thank you.