In Liverpool, a tidal power ‘mega project’ in one of Europe’s iconic waterways could power 1 million homes
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Posted On: April 23, 2023

In Liverpool, a tidal power ‘mega project’ in one of Europe’s iconic waterways could power 1 million homes

The River Mersey is one of Europe’s most iconic waterways. On top of being a major hub for shipbuilding and industry, it’s been a source of inspiration for a host of writers, artists and musicians over the years.

If all goes to plan, the Mersey could also play a major role in the U.K.’s sustainable future.

Authorities in Liverpool want the river to be home to a huge tidal power project which, they say, could power as many as 1 million homes, generating thousands of jobs for the region in the process.

If built, the facility would have a capacity of at least 1 gigawatt and make use of the Mersey’s tidal range, which is the U.K.’s second highest.
 

Speaking to CNBC, Martin Land, director of the Mersey Tidal Power Project, outlined how the system would work in practice.

The idea, he explained, is to center it on the creation of “a structure to hold back the tide, or to contain the tide — we let the height build up on one side, and the other side has a low level.”

“And then we let that water, that seawater, pass through turbines and generate electricity,” he added. “So it’s using the potential energy, which is the height difference of the tide.”

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