New tidal tech plan for the Gower

The UK holds the worlds greatest potential for Tidal power, with an estimated resource potential of around 53 TWh per year (Renewable Energy Research and Development Programme, Report R56, Energy Technology Support Unit ) which is about 10% of UK current electricity generation. The greatest potential for tidal power is along the river Severn with it’s strong tidal flow and ideal funnelling conditions.

Many plans for harnessing this power have been suggested but now a small company has come up with a new plan and they’re being backed by innocent drinks. The plan is for a 11square kilometer lagoon with a cost of approximately £756m.

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Many plans for harnessing this power have been suggested but now a small company has come up with a new plan and they’re being backed by innocent drinks. The plan is for a 11square kilometer lagoon with a cost of approximately £756m. The scheme, if aproved (plants over 100MW must get parlimental approval) will produce 400GWh/year (enough to power 120,000 homes) and save around 216,000 tonnes of CO2 per year (by remmoving the requirement for the equivilant carbon producing plants).

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Written by TreeThinker

Passionate about the Earth and those who inhabit it. An engineer (BEng (Hons), MSEE) from Oxfordshire, UK, specialising in designing for a sustainable future. A member of the Society of Environmental Engineers and a keen environmental advocate who volunteers for several grass roots sustainability groups. I work full time as a project manager for a renewable energy company based in Oxford and also run ‘TreeThinker’ (www.treethinker.org); a business converting previous pasture land into a rich permaculture farm growing produce for sale locally as well as providing education on organic and permaculture techniques. I deliver workshops on sustainable living, including building renewable energy technologies, as well as workshops for schools discussing 'Energy as a resource' amongst other topics. I am qualified in ‘Information, advice and guidance’ (level 4) and experienced at teaching practical skills. I'm also a keen cyclist and have a love of wordplay - writing a blog on etymology (www.etymologyotd.com).

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