Tidal developer, Kepler Energy, has announced plans to erect a £143 million tidal ‘fence’ in Bristol Channel.
This 30MW tidal structure will be 1km long, joining Minehead with Aberthaw.
Should the company obtain planning permission, they expect to be up and running by 2021 at the latest.
Kepler Energy was founded five years ago, based around an exclusive global license for their unique fence-based tidal turbine technology, able to produce massive amounts of power from shallow, slow-moving waters.
Since this means energy spikes will occur at different times from regular tidal lagoons, tidal fence projects can quite easily work alongside projects such as the Wyre Eco-THEP (Tidal Hydro Energy Plant).
The benefits of the technology extend to the potential for expansion, with the ability to add turbines at later dates. This capability means tidal fences could effectively act as a pilot scheme in many locations, literally testing the waters before investing more money into any given project.