Plans for a £1.7 billion ($2.35 billion) project have been announced in the UK involving technologies such as underwater turbines, floating solar power and battery storage, and will create thousands of jobs for the people behind the development. I want to produce it.
The Blue Eden Project, as it is known, is located on the coast of Swansea, a coastal city in south-west Wales. The project was made possible by private sector funding, Swansea Council said in a statement on Monday.
It is led by a technology company called DST Innovation and other business partners. DST Innovation is headquartered in Wales. There is also support from the British port affiliated to Swansea Council.
Blue Eden deliveries will happen in three phases over a period of 12 years. A key element is the “newly designed tidal lagoon” with a “submersible turbine that produces 320 MW of renewable energy.”
Other plans for this project include: a plant focused on the production of batteries for renewable energy storage. Floating solar array spread over 72,000 square metres. About 150 “floating” houses. A battery facility that stores the energy generated by the project and uses it to power operations.
The Blue Eden is also believed to have a research center for ocean and climate change.
Swansea Council leader Rob Stewart said the project was “a game changer for Swansea, its economy and the UK’s renewable energy, and it is very important to be able to do this without government subsidies.” ..
This is not the first time Swansea has been offered a tidal lagoon project. In June 2018, the British government rejected plans for a £1.3 billion tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay.
However, there are high expectations from Blue Eden. “Swansea has one of the highest tidal ranges in the world, and this scheme provides a world-leading project we can all be proud of to support the planet for future generations. You will have access to energy ,” says Julie James. In a statement she was a member of the Welsh Parliament in western Swansea.
The British Hydropower Association describes a tidal range project with high tides as “stored behind embankments or lagoon walls and released through turbines when the tide falls and electrical energy is generated.” ..
When the tide changes, the water flows in the opposite direction, “reactivating the turbine.”
Tidal power has been around for decades, and EDF’s 240 MW La Rennes tidal power plant in France dates back to the 1960s, but a number of new projects have come into force in recent years.
For example, in July 2021, a 680-metre-ton tidal turbine, touted as “the most powerful in the world”, began grid-connected electricity generation at the European Maritime Energy Center in the Orkney Islands, the main The Land is an archipelago located in the north of Scotland. .
“Our vision is that this project will harness tidal resources around the world to combat climate change and create a new low-carbon industry sector,” said Andrew Scott, CEO of Orbital Marine Power. I am I said at that time.
According to the EMEC, “Tidal stream equipment … is broadly similar to an underwater wind turbine and is used to harness the kinetic energy of a tidal stream.”
Upon returning to Wales, construction of the Blue Eden could begin in 2023, subject to planning consent.