Commenting on today’s announcement from DECC that it will undertake an independent review of tidal lagoons, Kepler Energy’s Peter Dixon (Executive Chairman) said: “The opportunity that tidal stream energy offers the UK must not be overshadowed by the hiatus surrounding Tidal Lagoons and Swansea Bay. Kepler Energy is working hard to bring forward plans for a tidal energy fence that will be located in the Bristol Channel and we have shared our outline plans with a range of stakeholders including the Department of Energy & Climate Change, the Welsh Government, the Crown Estate and the Treasury.
Our tidal energy technology will use the very latest carbon composite technology, and can be deployed in shallower, lower velocity tidal waters around the UK coastline and also in overseas waters, in countries such as China, Korea, Japan and India. Subject to planning and financing, the Bristol Channel tidal fence, which is likely to be located in the Aberthaw to Minehead stretch of water, could be operational by 2025.”
Kepler Energy’s technology is regarded as environmentally benign and would be subject to a rigorous environmental impact assessment during the planning process to ensure that it carries no significant risk to marine life and other users of the sea.
Commenting on the economic benefit of the project, Peter Dixon (Executive Chairman of Kepler Energy) said: “Our Bristol Channel tidal fence has the potential to mobilise the carbon composite industry in the UK, as well as to create new and skilled jobs in Wales and the West Country.
“The opportunity that tidal stream energy offers the UK is very significant. Our tidal stream technology at scale can quickly be cost competitive with nuclear generation and offshore wind, and can be deployed quickly and extensively in UK and overseas waters.”
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Kepler Energy (www.keplerenergy.co.uk)
Peter Dixon, Chairman: +44 (0)7808 739266 / firstname.lastname@example.org
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Notes to Editors
Videos of the Kepler turbine in laboratory testing (note that the full size turbines/rotors will rotate at around 11RPM) can be viewed via http://www.keplerenergy.co.uk/videos.html.
The basic generating unit comprises two rotors with a central generator, with only four supporting bearings and three foundation supports required. The structure is novel (and patented), the carbon fibre blades themselves being configured so that the rotor needs no supporting structure such as a central shaft. This leads to greater power efficiency and simpler, cheaper construction.
The turbine has been optimised to open up resources in shallower, low tidal stream velocity flows (below ~2.5 m/s), the most commonly found current strength in coastal waters across the globe.
Deployment of the tidal fence will be subject to detailed environment and technical assessments to ensure that it safely co-exists with marine life and other users of the sea. It is environmentally benign, with a rotation speed of the Kepler turbine being c11 RPM. The fence area, located in shallow waters, would be cordoned off from marine traffic in order to avoid accidental damage.