RDF funded Tidal Lagoon workshop at Bangor University
In May, Dr Simon Neill (Bangor University) hosted a 2-day tidal lagoon research workshop in the new Marine Centre Wales in Menai Bridge. The event was attended by 50 people, including 30 academics from institutions across the UK (Manchester, Imperial, Oxford, Lancaster, Plymouth, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Swansea, Bangor, and the National Oceanography Centre). They were joined by representatives from industry and third sector and environmental managers, including Tidal Lagoon Power, North Wales Tidal Energy, The Crown Estate, Black & Veatch and Natural Resources Wales. Presentations included: Examining the tidal range resource over a variety of timescales, including climate change, how the resource can best be optimized and the environmental impacts of multiple tidal lagoons. Resulting from discussions three draft review articles have started; one on resource and optimization and two on the impacts of tidal lagoons. It is hoped that these will feed into the forthcoming independent review by the Department of Energy & Climate Change into the feasibility and practicality of tidal lagoons in the UK.
Publication date: 25 May 2016