The North West Energy Squared project demonstrates the overall value of building tidal power gateways across the major estuaries of the North West, putting dual carriageway roads across the top, and then connecting those roads to create a continuous route down the North West coast from South West Scotland to North Wales.
The project was established for the Liverpool International Business Exhibition in 2014, with the support of the North West Business Leadership Team.
The initial aim of the project was to produce a large physical model of the North West to make infrastructure projects much simpler to understand. The focus gradually became tidal range energy, but in the intervening years it has become much more than that.
The project is very much in line with the aims of the Northern Powerhouse and is also complementary to the major emphasis in that report on the development of city regions and their development.
North West Energy Squared is currently focussing on Morecambe Bay and the Duddon estuary.