Tidal pilot set for installation

The scale version of the turbine at the European Marine Energy Centre’s technology 'nursery'

The scale version of the turbine at the European Marine Energy Centre’s technology 'nursery'

Siemens and technology developer Flumill have set the seal on the final design of what promises to be the first full-scale tidal turbine deployed off Norway.

Installation of the 2MW twin-corkscrew design - which draws power out of the water as currents move up spiral glass-reinforced plastic rotors to turn a gearless permanent­ magnet generator - is the “next and last step” before commercialisation of the technology.

“During the FEED [front end engineering design] study we have developed a thorough insight [into] and understanding of the innovative Flumill tidal technology and we are looking forward to the continued co-operation to further develop the pilot project in Rystraumen and future commercial project,” says Siemens sales director Haakon Rem.

The grid-connected pilot unit, being fixed to the seabed near the northern Log in to read complete article.

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