Study claims the River Mersey would be a good site for a giant water wheel to generate renewable energy

The North West Development Agency is considering installing a giant water wheel on the River Mersey to generate renewable energy.

A new study led by a Cambridge University professor claims that the Mersey could be one of the best sources of marine renewable energy due to its powerful currents. A pilot project is now being considered, with the giant water wheel understood to be one of the options under consideration.

The use of wind turbines is also being investigated following the study, which has been co-sponsored by the development agency and Peel Holdings, the owner of Mersey Docks and Harbour Company.

An announcement on the pilot project is expected in April, when the study team will release its final findings.