Last week’s poll: Tidal lagoon power

Plans for new products to generate energy using tidal lagoons in Wales, Somerset and Cumbria have been unveiled. What role can this sort of technology play?

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We had a strong response for last wee’k poll, with 1035 respondents. Of these, the largest group, 50 per cent, chose not to pick one of our suggested options: judging from comments, this was because they were all perceived to be too negative (which wasn’t the intention). Backing up this conclusion, the largest response to a suggested option was 36 per cent for all contributions to energy demand being significant, no matter how small their proportion of total demand; 9 per cent said that such schemes need energy storage back-up to bank power generated during tides at low demand periods. All other options attracted support below 5 per cent of the total.

We have made these projects the subjects of our next reader Q&A, go here to submit a question to the project engineers.