Preparations for opening discussions on a project that could transfigure flood defenses in the west of Scotland and produce a great amount of electricity are in full swing in Scotland. The Scottish government plans a £250 million Clyde tidal barrier that will help in dealing with flood situations and generate enough electricity to power every home in Glasgow. Marine architect Robert McNair and his colleague Colin MacFarlane, emeritus professor of engineering at Strathclyde University, have proposed a plan that they hope to materialize within the next few years.
The Clyde tidal barrier would be built from Greenock to the Ardmore Point, between Helensburgh and Dumbarton. The mouth of the Clyde would be dominated by the structure, along with a rail and road bridge to be built upstream. An estimated 200GWH would be produced by the project annually. Apart from behaving as a combined solution for renewables, economic regeneration and flooding, it will also aid in shipping, as water depths could be controlled to allow passage of large vessels without the need to wait for favorable tides.
Via: Herald Scotland