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Tidal lagoon plans unveiled


Plans to create the world’s first series of tidal lagoons have been unveiled in Wales, Somerset and Cumbria.

The six electricity-generating lagoons will capture incoming and outgoing tides behind giant sea walls, and use the weight of the water to power turbines, according to the BBC.

A £1bn Swansea scheme, said to be able to produce energy for 155,000 homes, is already in the planning system. The cost of generating power from the Swansea project will be very high, but the firm behind the plan says subsequent lagoons will be able to produce electricity much more cheaply.

It says the series of six lagoons could generate 8% of the UK’s electricity for an investment of £30bn. Each lagoon will require engineering on a grand scale. In Swansea, the sea wall to contain the new lagoon will stretch more than five miles and reach more than two miles out to sea.

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