The Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon: a blueprint for a new kind of energy infrastructure

Mike Case
Head of Turbines, Tidal Lagoon Power Ltd

T: 01452 303892

Tidal Lagoon Power is preparing to start construction of the world’s first tidal lagoon power plant in Swansea Bay in 2015.  The 320MW installed capacity project will establish a blueprint for the rapid roll-out of a fleet of full-scale tidal lagoons that could between them provide 8% of the UK’s electricity.

With a design life of 120 years, tidal lagoons introduce a new option for affordable renewable energy at a scale not seen before.  Predominantly built and funded in the UK, the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon will kick-start a new UK industry and future export market, present a wide range of opportunities for social and environmental regeneration and position low carbon power generation at the heart of coastal communities.

This talk will examine the plans for the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, the technology it will employ, the civil engineering challenges it will navigate, and the new energy market it will open up.