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Channel Islands tidal scheme impact investigated

Small Gloucester environmental consultant Sustainable Direction has been investigating the creation of a network of 2,000 tidal turbines off the coast of Alderney in the Channel Islands.

The consultant, working for Alderney Renewable Energy, is specifically looking at mitigating environmental concerns.

Estimates suggest that the site could enable enough energy to be harnessed to power between 700,000 and 2M homes, said Sustainable Direction.

“The development of any coastal or offshore infrastructure may have long term impacts on the site,” said firm director John Looney.

“The construction and operation of an offshore array includes turbines, seabed cable and coastal infrastructure, and has the potential to change the physical environment through alteration of existing wave and tidal energy, sediment patterns and coastal erosion.

“These impacts must be understood as much as possible before any installation takes place in order to safeguard the important qualities of Alderney.”

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