300MW tidal array set for Alderney waters
Tidal turbine installation in fast race at Ednay, Orkneys
Tidal technology company OpenHydro, a DCNS company, and Alderney Renewable Energy (ARE) have today signed a joint venture which will see the two companies combine their expertise and resources to develop a 300MW tidal array in Alderney waters. The joint venture company is called Race Tidal Ltd.
The formal agreement took place at a signing event held at the Thetis Marine Renewable Energy conference in Cherbourg recently.
OpenHydro is a DCNS company specialising in the design, manufacture and installation of marine
turbines generating renewable energy from tidal streams. The company vision is to deploy marine
turbine farms under the surface of the oceans to produce energy silently, invisibly and with no
impact on the environment.
OpenHydro has achieved a number of industry firsts including being the
first to deploy a tidal turbine at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), the first to connect to
and generate electricity from tidal streams onto the UK National Grid and the first to successfully
demonstrate a method of safely and economically deploying and recovering turbines directly on the
seabed. The deployment and recovery method delivers a step change in the economics of tidal
energy. OpenHydro has a project portfolio spanning the USA, Canada, France, Ireland, Scotland
and the Channel Islands with utility partners including Emera, EDF, Bord Gáis, SnoPUD and SSE
Renewables. OpenHydro has won a number of awards for its innovations in the field of renewable
energy technology. www.openhydro.com