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A Severn Barrage or what?

04 April 2009

Professor Roger Falconer with the School of Engineering’s unique physical model of the Severn EstuaryProfessor Roger Falconer with the School of Engineering’s unique physical model of the Severn Estuary

A public forum is set to debate options for renewable energy from the Severn Estuary and seek to answer the question: "A Severn Barrage or what?"

The forum takes place on Wednesday 8th April 2009 and will provide an overview of proposed Severn Tidal Power Projects, addressing both economic benefits and environmental concerns. It has been organised by Professor Roger Falconer, Halcrow Professor of Water Management at the School of Engineering, with Rudi Plaut CBE of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (RSA).

The event coincides with the government’s public consultation on whether a power project using the vast resources of the Severn Estuary could be supported.

Professor Falconer said: "This Forum aims provide an independent platform and the necessary information to allow all interested people to form their own opinions and to convey them to government. We will be forwarding outcomes from the Forum to the Severn Tidal Power Consultation and participants will also be encouraged to submit their own views directly".

Speakers at the event include James Colcombe, Severn Tidal Power SEA Study Manager at Parsons Brinckerhoff, Professor Roger Falconer, Morgan Parry, Head of WWF Cymru, Michael Evans, Environment Agency Wales, and Professor Brian Morgan, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff.

It takes place at the Mercure Holland House Hotel, Newport Road, with arrival from 5.30pm for a 6.00pm start. There will also be optional visits at 5.00pm to a unique physical model of the Severn Estuary located at the School of Engineering. This model, the first of its kind, allows Professor Falconer and his team at the Hydro-Environmental Research Centre to simulate the effects of different tidal power projects.

There is a registration fee of £15 which includes a buffet supper and prior booking is essential. A registration form and further details are available from RSA Wales and Western Region.

The Forum is supported by Cardiff University, the RSA, British Science Association, WWF Cymru, the Institute of Directors (IoD), the Institute of Welsh Affairs (IWA),University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC), and the Welsh Livery Guild.

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