Tidal demo project deploys in Orkney

27 Feb 2017

Tocardo’s has deployed its 20-year commercial demonstration InToTidal project at the EMEC

Tocardo’s has deployed its 20-year commercial demonstration InToTidal project at the EMEC

Tocardo Tidal Power has launched a new commercial demo project with the deployment of a new test system at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney.

The deployment signals the start of
Tocardo’s planned 20-year commercial demonstration InToTidal project at the Fall
of Warness tidal test site.

Hans van Breugel, CEO of Tocardo Tidal
Power, said: “Our work at EMEC is an important step in de-risking and improving
Tocardo’s offshore tidal power technology.”

“Tocardo’s benchmark is to produce energy
at the cost of offshore wind in the near future. To be able to achieve this,
the tidal energy sector needs to be enabled to increase the installed volume of
equipment.”

He added that Tocardo is ready to become
one of the larger inward investment companies into the marine energy sector,
with a strong operational and production base in Scotland and Wales.

“The UK is extremely well positioned as a
maritime nation to create new jobs from the growing tidal energy industry,” he
said.

Led by Tocardo, the project brings together
Orkney based companies EMEC and Leask Marine, and French research institute
IFREMER. Tocardo has already been working with international shipyard Damen, as
well as Leask Marine, Bryan J Rendall Electrical and Aquatera in Orkney for the
system deployment at EMEC’s tidal site.

Tocardo is also readying itself for large
scale roll-out of its generic solution for tidal energy production with the
next system set for installation in Canada at the FORCE and Petit Passage
locations.

By Anne-Marie Causer

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