Professor Roger A. Falconer

Cardiff University

Roger Falconer is Professor of Water Management in the School of Engineering, at Cardiff University. He graduated from Imperial College with a PhD in 1976 and has held posts at the universities of Birmingham (Lecturer, 1977-86) and Bradford (Professor 1987-97). He is the immediate Past-President of the International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He has spent over 38 years pursuing research into the modelling of flow, water quality and sediment transport processes in coastal, estuarine and river waters. He has published extensively in the field of tidal renewable energy and has been involved in a range of international projects. He was a member of the DECC Severn Tidal Energy Expert Panel and has written extensively on the Severn Barrage and tidal lagoons.

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Tidal Energy: Challenges and Opportunities

The current opportunities for developing tidal renewable energy around the coast of Wales and the South West of England will be reviewed. Various alternative and complementary options will be discussed including: tidal stream turbines, impoundments and barrages. Emphasis will focus on assessing the potential hydro-environmental impact of various schemes on the Severn Estuary and Bristol Channel, with particular consideration of a novel tidal energy scheme, which addresses many environmental concerns raised to-date.