320MW UK tidal lagoon advances

How the lagoon could look

How the lagoon could look

Ambitious plans for the world first tidal lagoon power plant have moved ahead, with project consortium lead Tidal Lagoon Power (TLP) handing in its development application to the UK authorities.

The 320MW Swansea Bay project, which would generate energy using an 11.5km2 walled coastal inlet in which incoming water is trapped and later released through turbines, would be the largest tidal power plant in the world, supplying power for over 120,000 homes.

“Until now, tidal energy has been heavily promoted by governments and environmentalists as an intuitive source of clean and reliable energy for our island nation, but the business response has focused on relatively small-scale tidal stream devices,” says TLP chief executive Mark Shorrock.

“Tidal lagoons offer renewable energy at nuclear scale and thus the investment of hundreds of millions Log in to read complete article.

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