Research and analysis

21. Severn tidal power: Rolls Royce /Atkins report (including route map) for the Severn Embryonic Technology Scheme (SETS)

An overview of the SETS work undertaken by Rolls Royce and Atkins.



Rolls-Royce plc in partnership with Atkins Ltd have progressed the development of a very low head dual generation scheme to the outline design stage proposed for construction and operation in the Severn estuary. The scheme is referred to as a tidal bar.

The tidal bar addresses the principal objective of the Severn Embryonic Technologies Scheme (SETS) programme to develop strategically important and economic power generation options exploiting the tidal range of the Severn estuary, but offering potentially less impact on the natural environment than conventional barrages and lagoons.

This report assesses the partners’ progress against the published deliverables, which has been reviewed throughout the programme by representatives from the Department of Energy and Climate Change and technical advisors from Parsons-Brinckerhoff.