Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford (Courtesy of the Welsh government)

Wales launches €850K tidal lagoon challenge

Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced £750,000 (€850,000) for research projects focusing on deployment of tidal lagoon technology as part of Tidal Lagoon Challenge.

Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford (Courtesy of the Welsh government)
Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford (Courtesy of the Welsh government)
Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford (Courtesy of the Welsh government)

The money will be available for at least three research projects focusing on the deployment of tidal lagoon technology, according to the Welsh government.

The research will help address the barriers that have prevented the development of the technology and give more insight into the benefits it could bring to Wales.

The work is expected to advance the future development of a tidal lagoon project in Welsh waters.

Mark Drakeford said: “Our ambition is to make Wales a world center for emerging tidal technology. We cannot deliver this by ourselves.

“We need to work in partnership with the industry to build the right environment for the sector to flourish. The research will make a significant contribution to delivering a future tidal lagoon project in Wales and move the sector forward as a whole.”

A tidal lagoon is a power station that generates electricity from the natural rise and fall of the tides.

A large volume of water is captured behind a man-made structure which is then released to drive turbines and generate electricity.

As the tides rise and fall, with no requirement for fuel, tidal power is renewable and unlike other forms of renewable energy, is entirely predictable.

Welcoming the Welsh government’s announcement, Ioan Jenkins, chair of the Tidal Range Alliance, a group that brings together developers, companies, and supply chain businesses involved in tidal range energy projects in the UK and overseas, said:

“The Tidal Range Alliance is pleased the Welsh government remains committed to delivering tidal range and ensuring this vital technology delivers secure, renewable power, as well as jobs and investment for Wales and the UK.

“The technology has already been proven at scale and this research will help provide the evidence that will unlock the first wave of tidal range projects, here in Wales.”

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