Tidal energy generators
Unique to Bristol is the high tidal range (Avon New Cut) adjacent to a large body of water at high-tide level (Floating Harbour). There is a lot of potential energy arising from this water level difference. Further, there is tidal flow in and out of the Avon. To get a sense of the power, watch the sluices open at the Underfall Yard at low tide!
The idea is to use this to generate renewable energy for Bristol. For example, a siphon construction of pipes can allow water to flow without rebuilding the quayside, with a generator in the water flow. Or a water wheel that works with the flow of the river. Or even water based heat pumps to warm harbourside buildings.
There could be a range of generators aligned along the New Cut, each to demonstrate one form or other of power generation or construction.
Why the contribution is important
City-centre energy generation from a renewable source.
by user997267 on November 21, 2013 at 08:43PM