The Tidal Gateway
The Wyre Tidal Gateway is a tidal hydro energy plant with an installed capacity of 160MWH located on the River Wyre. It extracts energy cleanly and safely from the movement of the tides, utilising turbines and generators to convert this movement into electrical energy. Tidal energy is quite different to its renewable counterparts (wind and solar) in that it is completely predictable with tidal events occurring twice a day without fail. This predictability guarantees an annual output of approximately 300GWH of electrical energy. This is sufficient to power over 80,000 homes which is impressive for one relatively small British estuary.
Looking forward, we hope that the Wyre Tidal Gateway will function as a forerunner for future tidal power projects which could ultimately supply the UK with close to 20% of its current total energy generating capability.
This project has the potential to be the first low head tidal range energy power station in the UK and a world first to utilise intelligent triple-regulation technology matching power production with variations in tidal conditions.
The Gateway will be made up of three primary parts:
Turbines and sluice gates optimised to harness maintain the natural tidal cycle within the estuary
Ability to control tidal flow providing essential flood defence management as sea-levels continue to rise
Navigation locks, one commercial and one leisure, allowing connectivity between the river and the sea, providing additional revenue from improved marine facilities ie ferries and port services.