Developers hoping to build a series of tidal energy lagoons around Britain are facing a major challenge from the RSPB which is demanding years of delay between projects to assess whether the first lagoon disturbs wildlife and kills fish. Tidal Lagoon Power wants to build a world-first lagoon in Swansea Bay and is currently awaiting the outcome of an independent Government-commissioned review of the technology’s potential, led by former energy minister Charles Hendry, which is due to be unveiled on Thursday. Central to the company’s case for the Â£1.3bn Swansea project, which would require substantial financial support from consumers and taxpayers, is that it will be the prototype for a series of lagoons, with subsequent larger projects following swiftly after and offering proportionately better value. But in a submission to the Hendry Review, seen by the Telegraph, the RSPB warns that “the ecological impacts of tidal lagoons are not currently well understood” and that “any future lagoon should be conditional on Swansea being constructed, operational and this knowledge being available to inform later design”. Mark Robins, senior policy officer at the RSPB, said it was likely to take several years after the 320-megawatt Swansea project started operating before its environmental impacts could be properly assessed.
Telegraph 10th Jan 2017 read more »
Tidal power Colossus Atlantis Resources has won a £20 million EU grant to design and build a 6-MW turbine array in the next phase of its MeyGen project in the Pentland Firth. Construction will start on MeyGen Phase 1B, also known as Project Stroma, in Spring 2017 and first power is expected in 2018. The European Commission for the Demo-Tide project will be built adjacent to the existing 6MW MeyGen Phase 1A project, which delivered first power to the grid in November last year.
Scottish Energy News 10th Jan 2017 read more »