By Danielle McFarlane
By 2050, many of the planet’s non-renewable resources will have been depleted. My proposal upgrades the Thames Barrier to provide a constant and reliable source of renewable energy for London.
The Thames Barrier continues to serve primarily, and most importantly, as a flood barrier. This is to protect low-lying land in London from surge tides entering the Thames Estuary. Newly introduced helical turbines beneath the water harness the energy found in the changing ocean tides.
The proposal modifies the existing sub-structure to establish underground research facilities where the tidal changes and patterns of required barrier closures can be monitored. New tidal power technologies may also be trialled and researched here.
The existing sub-structure further provides opportunity to create two new one-way underground cycle routes. These would provide a fast and direct link for cyclists between Greenwich / Charlton and the Royal Docks.