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Ramsey Sound Tidal Energy Project

 

It floods, it ebbs, it floods, it ebbs ... and now there is the possibility that the water you play on will be used to generate electricity.

 

Deltastream has been invented by Pembrokeshire engineer Richard Ayre, of Tidal Energy Ltd. and will sit on the sea bed at the north end of Ramsey Sound and use the strong tidal currents to generate clean electricity.

 

Initially, the company is planning to conduct a year-long test of the device towards the end of 2011. Planning permission has been granted for a power conversion compound which would be installed in the car park at St Justinians which would be connected to the DeltaStream generator during the trial.

 

Chris Williams, development director of Tidal Energy says: "TEL submitted the operating consent applications for the project in October 2009, since when we have been in close communication with the regulators including the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) and Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC). We are hopeful that the consents will be granted in 2010, and in this case we are therefore planning our installation of DeltaStream towards the end of 2011. As soon as we have a firm timescale of events we plan to hold further public exhibitions in St Davids to keep the community informed of the proposed steps."

 

A short video explaining the installation process can be seen on the Tidal Energy Ltd. website

 

If you have opinions about the use of Ramsey Sound for tidal energy/ electricty production please comment in the forum

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