Transition Bro Gwaun (TBG) aims to realise the first community owned/led tidal flow project in Wales. The proposal would consist of a single device or a small array of tidal turbines deployed at Strumble Head near Fishguard. This supports TBG’s aims to mitigate the community’s impact on Climate Change providing sustainable and secure energy, whilst also bringing financial benefits for both local investors and community initiatives.
Development of a community tidal flow device will be an exemplar of best practice and provide a working demonstration of how tidal technology can deliver not only environmental benefit but wider community benefits too. It will provide a blueprint for other communities across our coastline to utilise marine energy as a resource for future resilience.
24 Month timescale for the project – three key external factors:
Identification of a suitable tidal device/s with market readiness;
This impacts on the seabed leasing options, as three devices need to be selected at an early stage in order to proceed with the application.
The environmental impact assessment linked to the marine licensing
This is a new and emerging market; historically the few devices that have been successfully deployed have been pilot projects with extensive timeframes. Based on a maturing market, the project is currently projected at approximately 3 -5 years. Other factors such as the scale of the array and the required infrastructure i.e. grid connection / storage etc, may also impact on the timeframe.
The funding requested from LEADER will fund a part time development officer. This resource will enable the community to lead an identified wide partnership, secure the seabed lease and accumulate community capital in the project. LEADER resources will also resource fact finding missions, developing wider partnerships and gaining knowledge by visiting other sites which are further forward in this new market or have successfully installed devices. In addition, opportunities will be sought to engage with others on local energy and storage networks. When developing the project it will be important to address the issue of grid network links or look to other options such as production of hydrogen for the Fishguard train(Arriva) or Ferry. Initial contacts have taken place with Birmingham University who are specialists in this area. A fact finding visit to Copenhagen, who have a developed network, would be an opportunity to engage with Arriva Trains.
Develop a business plan providing information for the Ynni Lleol programme, also:
1a. Crown Estate leasing and option for the seabed
1b. Marine Licensing process. This will include community consultation and also high level engagement with key stakeholders, WG, NRW, Commercial Fishing Associations.
Attract further funding, and resources initially from partners. Preparatory work and consultancy engagement is required to release funding from Ynni Lleol, see 5.8 for further details. To take the project to installation stages other sources are ERDF or EU Life. Guidance from Ynni Lleol is that due to Brexit it is best to approach for EU funding within the near future.
Scoping of devices and energy storage options, linked to this: infrastructure and landfall options appraisals, Landownership/planning
Marketing and displays/equipment for events and promotion. One event per year, assisted by MEP, CEW and RENEW Wales. Production of stakeholder engagement plan will inform the licensing process.
Specialist advice, majority has been identified with partnerships but gaps may emerge and will need to be resourced.
Communities involved in the project, old and young; as well as visitors to the area.