The Port of London Authority has given the go ahead for trials of tidal energy technology on a section of the Thames, in a move which could eventually help to decarbonize operations connected to the river.

The mooring for the trials is situated on a part of the river between the areas of Thamesmead and Woolwich, in southeast London, which is passed by commercial cargo ships, cruise ships and recreational river users.

Against this backdrop, the PLA says it's looking to "encourage the use of microgeneration," with the new site enabling developers to undertake both scale and full size trials of their systems.

In a statement issued Tuesday, Tanya Ferry, the organization's head of environment, said research had shown the river "could provide a power supply for operators and pier owners."

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