Tidal energy and technology provider, Tocardo, has signed up to demonstrate a 20-year, pre-commercial array at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney. The contract was signed at the International Conference for Ocean Energy (ICOE) held this week in Edinburgh.
Tocardo plans to install eight T2 turbines across two Tocardo systems at EMEC’s grid-connected tidal test site at the Fall of Warness, off Eday, Orkney. Installation is scheduled to begin in 2017.
“The EMEC project is a breakthrough for Tocardo’s careful rollout of our technology moving from near inshore towards offshore,” said Hans van Breugel, Tocardo’s CEO. “With multiple turbines operational in low, moderate, and extreme high tidal flows, we now feel comfortable to go offshore. The EMEC opportunity will boost the implementation of Tocardo’s commercial rollout. Tocardo is pleased to be back in Scotland and looking forward for a long and lasting partnership with EMEC.”
Tocardo’s T2 turbines have already been deployed and proven in the Netherlands at the Eastern Scheldt storm surge barrier (Deltaworks). The planned array at EMEC is the next step in Tocardo’s path towards commercializing their tidal turbine by proving and validating the technology in the volatile offshore environment in Orkney foran extended time period.
Neil Kermode, EMEC’s Managing Director added: “It’s fantastic to see Tocardo entering the Scottish market. The tidal array they will deploy at EMEC will act as a stepping stone towards commercial deployments, and we’re delighted to be working with Tocardo towards that future.”
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