Tidal lagoons; time to launch a new industry
ABPmer has a long history of being involved in marine renewables.
15 years ago, we had the innovative idea of creating an Atlas of UK Marine Renewables which continues to be the only freely available data source for potential marine energy resources in UK waters.
Our coastal process assessments have underpinned nearly every offshore windfarm licence in the UK and our understanding of the Bristol Channel and Severn Estuary was used to strategically assess the viability of making use of the great tidal range there.
More recently, we have provided technical support to Tidal Lagoon Power and its Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon scheme, as well as submitting independent evidence to the UK government commissioned review of tidal lagoons (Hendry Review).
The publication of the Hendry Review in January 2017 was a significant milestone for renewable energy in the UK; maybe even for the world but that depends on what our government does next.
It is now recognised that tidal range power can play a cost effective part in our energy mix, create jobs and new supply chain opportunities, help deliver security of supply and assist in our decarbonisation commitments.
What we need now is a means to get there.
The Hendry Review considered that Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, as a pathfinder project, would be a justified strategic stepping stone towards larger schemes and asks that government explore how this might be achieved.
We, like many others, hope that government now takes the decision to back this project. As with offshore wind, the UK can lead this new global sector rich in potential benefit for our communities, industries and economy.
Damon O’Brien, Managing Director
Atlas of UK Marine Renewable Energy: www.renewables-atlas.info
Hendry Review: hendryreview.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/hendry-review-final-report-english-version.pdf
Image courtesy of Tidal Lagoon Power
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