£10bn 'energy claw' alternative to barrage revealed for
to build a 'radically different' £10bn alternative to the
Severn Barrage near Burnham-On-Sea have been unveiled this week.
entrepreneur Gareth Woodham, pictured during a visit to Burnham,
is drawing up proposals for a 2.5-mile wide 'energy claw' with
64 underwater power turbines generating electricity.
other barrage schemes, the structure would not be linked to Brean
Down or the Welsh coastline.
it would be positioned in the middle of the Bristol Channel where
the tidal flows are greatest and would allow sea water to flow
around the sides, reducing the impact on the environment.
structure has been designed especially to remove any impact on
wildlife, the coastline and the natural environment of the Bristol
Channel," Mr Woodham told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
would be constrcted from the sea, so there would be no need for
building traffic to come into Brean, removing the impact on the
tourism industry, residents and local businesses."
added: "This is a radically different scheme to harness energy
from the Bristol Channel. It would be easy to build, would have
no impact on shipping because sea traffic, such as tankers on
their way to Portishead, would always be able to sail around it,
and the environment would also benefit too."
about silt movement would be removed, and there would be no impact
on birds or wildlife. There would also be no impact to landmarks
such as Brean Down because the 'energy claw' would not be linked
up to the mainland."
downside, according to Mr Woodham, is that the structure would
not create as much electricity as a full barrage.
scheme would generate half the power of a full scheme - about
9,000 Mega watts a day - but that would still be a huge amount
of 'green' energy."
a smaller scheme like this also has cost benefits," he added.
"I estimate the 'energy claw' would be around £10bn
to build, not the £20bn of other projects. There is no other
scheme like this - it is unique."
Woodham - who is behind the Severn Lake project - has been in
talks with businesses and politicians for several years to push
forward an energy scheme in the Bristol Channel, which he says
is badly needed.
news comes just weeks after we reported here
that another barrage firm, Hafren Power, had been told by a committee
of MPs that its plans for a £25bn barrage across the Severn
Estuary from Brean Down to Wales should not go ahead in their
said that Hafren had failed to make the case whether an 11-mile
barrage would be good for the economy or the environment.
Gareth Woodham; a model of the proposed 'energy claw'; and Brean