New £ 1.7 billion lagoon building, battery making and waterfront housing scheme to create 2,500 permanent jobs Swansea
Details of a £ 1.7 billion energy, technology and residential development at Swansea Docks have been revealed.
The Blue Eden project will include battery manufacturing and storage, a solar farm, data center, houses, apartments, an ocean and climate change research center, and a tidal energy lagoon.
Full delivery is expected to take 12 years, create 2,500 permanent jobs and require a building permit, among other authorizations.
Blue Eden is run by Bridgend-based DST Innovations and is not expected to require any government funding.
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Tony Miles, co-founder and CEO of DST Innovations, said: “Blue Eden is an opportunity to create a role model for the world to follow – using renewable energy and maximizing new technology and thinking to develop not only a place to live and work. , but also to prosper. “
He added: “I am extremely dedicated to this project in any way you can imagine.”
The entrepreneur said he has a “fantastic team” and the expertise comes from all over the world.
DST Innovations is in discussions with the owners of the Swansea docks, Associated British Ports (ABP), about the project.
Blue Eden will be delivered on land and water south of the Prince of Wales wharf in three phases.
– First phase (five years): battery manufacturing plant, battery storage facility to store renewable energy produced on site, floating solar farm in Queen’s Quay, data storage center.
– Phase two (two years): ocean research center and climate change, three visitor domes.
– Phase three (five years): houses and apartments by the water that can accommodate up to 5,000 people, commercial space, 144 floating houses anchored in the Quai de la Reine, tidal energy lagoon producing electricity via turbines at end of a 9.5 km dike.
Just over 1,000 people will work in the battery manufacturing plant, and another 1,500 in the data center.
There will also be construction jobs and around 16,000 supply chain jobs in Wales and the UK.
The residential component will include affordable housing and assisted living for people who needed a little help staying independent.
Each property will have up to 20 years of renewable energy and heating included in the sale.
If everything goes as planned, and subject to the necessary authorizations, work could start on the site in early 2023.
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In the future, it is possible to expand the Blue Eden solar park and add wind turbines and hydrogen production.
The project is inspired by the Dragon Energy Island concept – comprising a lagoon, solar farm and houses – which was developed by a regional working group led by the Swansea Council.
The head of the board, Rob Stewart, said: “I am delighted that an international consortium led by a Welsh company has developed our vision of Dragon Energy Island into a revolutionary project that offers so many benefits and builds on the the council’s ambition to become a city with zero net. by 2050.
“Blue Eden will put Swansea and Wales at the forefront of global renewable energy innovation, helping to create thousands of well-paying jobs, dramatically reduce our carbon footprint and further raise the profile of Swansea around the world as an investment location. “
Electricity generated by the lagoon and the solar farm will be used on site, and Miles said it was also possible to export 32% to the grid.
Andrew Harston, director of ABP, confirmed that the company is in talks on the project.
“This innovative prototype has the potential to be a first for the UK and bring Britain closer to our net zero goal,” he said.
Julie James, MS for Swansea West, said: “It is so exciting to see this Swansea-based project moving forward at such an important time for Wales and the world.”
Tidal and hydroelectric organizations also welcomed Blue Eden. Harnessing the power of the tides in the UK could, according to tidal power proponents, generate five to 10% of the UK’s electricity needs.
Opposition leader in Swansea, Cllr Chris Holley, said the project looked excellent.
“Installing batteries is great news,” he said. “This is something that is desperately needed in Wales and the UK and it is wonderful that it is happening in Swansea.”
A £ 1.3billion tidal energy lagoon was under consideration for Swansea after obtaining planning consent in 2015, but it did not materialize.
The Welsh government and Swansea Council have said the building permit, known as the Development Authorization Order, has expired.
However, the company behind it, Tidal Power plc, is seeking a court ruling to say that it has complied with the consent order and therefore has a license in perpetuity.
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