UK Tidal Power: Severn Estuary

"The whole of the United Kingdom is an energy island. We must use all the resources available to us, including tidal energy", Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, 8th September 2022.

On 8th September 2022 the UK Energy Costs debate was held in the UK 's House of Commons. MPs from across England, Scotland and Wales, including Teresa May and Jacob Rees-Mogg, discussed the important contribution tidal can make to UK energy generation. Rees-Mogg, the Secretary of State for BEIS, rightly said "the whole of the United Kingdom is an energy island. We must use all the resources available to us, including tidal energy."


A hot topic of discussion was the need to revisit the Severn Estuary tidal project, now highly attractive due to today's higher cost of energy and requirement for low-carbon energy security. A Severn tidal power scheme could generate a staggering 7% of the UK's electricity needs!


VerdErg Renewable Energy's history is tied into government research into this project. We are proud that our then-embryonic technology was shortlisted in the 2010 UK government report, Severn Tidal Power: Feasibility Study Conclusions and Summary Report.


VerdErg's technology was "considered to have some advantage over equivalent conventional tidal barrages" due to its lowest cost of energy and the environmentally-friendly design.


Click here to read the UK government's feasibility study and conclusions report.


Click here to read VerdErg's own summary report.



Map of short-listed options for the location of a tidal barrage. Source: UK Government, 2010, Severn Tidal Power: Feasibility Study Conclusions and Summary Report.
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