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Green light for Thames tidal energy trial

A site for trialling energy-generating technology, powered by the tidal Thames, has been established by the Port of London Authority (PLA).

The mooring at Gallion’s Reach between Woolwich and Thamesmead, south east London, close to London City Airport, will enable promoters to test approaches for safe, sustainable energy generation in tidal inland waterways.

Technology providers are being invited to arrange a slot to use the mooring each year, having secured all relevant consents.

The test site is normally passed by a variety of vessels, large and small, including cruise ships and commercial cargo ships, as well as recreational river users

Tanya Ferry, PLA head of environment, said: “Our research shows that the river could provide a power supply for operators and pier owners.

“Whilst traditional turbine technology is unlikely to be a viable option, due to the diminishing space available, this designated mooring provides developers opportunity to test other emerging technologies on the Thames.

“Safety is paramount. This site provides the best balance for safe trials, supported by a consenting regime to ensure negative impacts on wildlife and ecology are avoided too.”

Data from the trials will be used to inform future investment decisions.

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