A group of independent experts led by ITP (IT Power Consulting Limited) has been appointed as the technical advisors for the Independent Review of Tidal Lagoons. The group comprises staff from ITP, Energised Environments and Xero Energy, supported by individual experts Professors Roger Falconer and Chris Binnie. The Review, announced by DECC in February 2016, is assessing the feasibility and practicality of tidal lagoon energy in the UK and whether it could play a cost effective role as part of the UK energy mix.
The independent review is being led by Charles Hendry, the UK’s former Minister of State for Energy from 2010 until 2012, who is supported by a team of seconded civil servants. In May 2016 Hendry issued a call for evidence seeking inputs from industry stakeholders and interested parties on the cost, benefits and opportunities of tidal lagoons.
The team of technical advisors will assess and validate the technical aspects of the evidence provided and identify gaps in the evidence base for a wider tidal lagoon programme in the UK and, where feasible, undertake work to address these gaps.
Though the work will be independent of the government, the contract has been awarded to ITP under the Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), previously DECC’s, Technical Specialist Framework. ITP is one of seven consultancies within the framework’s Lot 8 for “Hydroelectric and Marine Technologies.”
On the award of the contract, David Nickols, the project’s Director and Managing Director of ITP, said; “Our team is very proud to have been selected to support the Review in assessing the feasibility and practicality of tidal lagoon energy in the UK. Our technical advisory team has extensive experience in tidal range and other offshore renewable energy technologies and is well qualified to support the Hendry Review’s assessment of a potential UK programme of tidal lagoons.”
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