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TRESOC Tidal Power, Totnes


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Totnes Renewable Energy Society (TRESOC) is pleased to announce an exciting new marine energy venture. In partnership with Plymouth University’s Marine Science and Engineering School, TRESOC is launching a tidal power research project on the River Dart to confirm the potential for renewable energy production at the Anchor Stone channel just downriver from Dittisham.

The Anchor Stone is well known to the local sailing community and marks a deep, narrow channel which carries the full flow of the river Dart, with all of the tidal water above Dittisham flowing in and out twice a day. The depth of water is such that it could accommodate a tidal-powered device installed on the riverbed, well below the draught of even the biggest vessels that navigate the Dart.

With the consent of the Dart Harbour Board, TRESOC contacted Plymouth University in October 2012 to propose a Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) project that would provide an opportunity for an MSc student. TRESOC is donating£1,000 towards Plymouth University’s research costs.

Daniel Conley, MRE MSc Course Director at Plymouth University School of Marine Science and Engineering says, “We are delighted to be working with TRESOC and the Dart Harbour Board to assess the potential for renewable energy production at the Anchor Stone.”

Research will start in the Spring to produce a detailed profile of the sea bed and the flow rate at various heights in the water column to quantify the scale of the resource. There will then be a review of existing tidal power devices to find the most appropriate practical means to generate power at this location.

Ian Bright, TRESOC MD says, “We are keen to involve the communities of Totnes & District, Dittisham and Dartmouth and hear views at an early stage in the research process.”

TRESOC is planning a river trip for all those interested to discuss the project with representatives from TRESOC, Plymouth University and the Dart Harbour Board.

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