Huge tidal deployment mooted for $80bn Thames Hub scheme

The tidal power and flood defence system proposed under Thames Hub

The tidal power and flood defence system proposed under Thames Hub

Tidal power is at the heart of a £50bn ($80bn) plan to transform London’s Thames Estuary, unveiled today in the UK by engineering consultants Halcrow and architects Foster + Partners.

The ambitious Thames Hub scheme features an industrial-scale tidal barrage and in-stream arrays, along with a new flood defence system and a massive upgrade of southeast England’s transport infrastructure centred around a new London airport in the estuary.

A utilities and communications corridor – called The Spine – housing data cabling, water and energy distribution infrastructure running south to north along the length of the UK is also part of the mega-development proposal.

Costed at around £5bn, the tidal power barrage, 500 metres in width and straddling a 5km-wide stretch of the Thames, Log in to read complete article.

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