Fishing for Power?
Harnessing the power of swimming fish could hold the key to generating electricity to power Britain’s homes in the future, according to Government scientists.
The Environment Agency’s Horizon Scanning Team found the nation’s rivers are full of untapped energy in the form of fish migrating upstream.
By installing networks of electric prongs along the riverbed, the energy can be captured and fed into the National Grid.
Environmentalists welcomed the opportunity to not only generate clean energy but ensure rivers are maintained for wildlife.
However, there was concern that areas for fishing could be out of bounds in future and wildlife or even fishermen could be electrocuted by the prongs.
The project, codenamed ‘Finetics’, builds on Japanese technology that captures energy from people walking over pressure sensitive mats at train stations.