New Bristol Channel project mooted

Plans for a 200 MW tidal generator have been drawn up by the UK’s Hi-Spec Research and Developments group. The group is seeking a grant of £1 million ($1.92 million) from the DTi to carry out a feasibility study and build a prototype of his Ocean Hydro Electricity Generator (OHEG) system.

The 1.9 km wide structure, able to hold back six million tonnes of water every tide, would be positioned in the Bristol Channel and fixed to the sea bed. Both the flow of tidal streams and the rise and fall of the tides would generate power and “when combined with our own energy accumulator invention, provides a unique method for generating electricity,” a spokesman for the company said.