The Wyre Eco-THEP (Tidal Hydro Energy Plant) is set to be a fantastic asset for the Fylde coast, producing clean, renewable energy for the area and creating hundreds of jobs. But there are a few criticisms often levelled at other tidal energy projects, which we would like to clarify now.
Cost of Construction
Often, the first obstacle when it comes to the manufacture of a tidal hydro energy plant is the build cost. However, with the Wyre Eco-THEP project, the construction totals just £200 million, much less than the predicted billions for other similar projects. Coupled with a miniscule maintenance cost, it makes for an extremely cost-efficient renewable energy structure.
Critics claim that there aren’t enough suitable locations for effective tidal energy generation, however the River Wyre’s 600 metre channel and wide estuary make it ideal for the purpose, providing the best £/kW ratio for a single development.
But what about the energy generation capabilities of a tidal structure? The Wyre Eco-THEP has the potential to annually produce 150GW/hr—enough for 50,000 homes, or nearly the entire North Fylde area!
The cost of transporting generated tidal energy can sometimes be a concern, however just three miles south lies the district of Stanah, where a large-scale investment on the National Grid connection has been made, providing a perfect export route.
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