Swansea tidal scheme could feature zero-carbon EV charge points

Tidal lagoon developer DST Innovations has set out plans for a renewable energy transport hub in south Wales.

The latest proposals for Swansea’s Blue Eden mega project include zero-carbon power points for vehicles.

DST’s £1.7bn Blue Eden scheme features a tidal lagoon with underwater turbines; floating solar panels; and 150 eco-homes among other developments.

Now the firm has unveiled plans for Wales’ first electricity and hydrogen charging facility within the Swansea complex.

Talks are ongoing with Swansea Council about land to accommodate the renewable energy transport hub.

Swansea Council Leader Rob Stewart said: “Blue Eden is a truly integrated energy project that’s capable of providing long-term, low cost energy – and importantly it can be delivered without the need for any UK Government subsidy.

“The renewable energy transport hub is an exciting addition to everything that’s been announced so far. With more and more electric cars on the road nowadays – and the move towards vehicles powered by hydrogen gathering pace too – facilities will be needed to charge these vehicles in the coming years.

“The transport hub can help meet that demand and also potentially create hydrogen on site from 100 per cent renewable energy sources.

“Facilities like this – which would have close links to walking and cycling routes – mean motorists can leave their cars to charge while heading to the city centre.

“More details will be announced as soon as we’re in a position to do so.”

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