EDF plans tidal pilot with OpenHydro

France's EDF has unveiled plans to develop a two-turbine tidal power pilot in the swift currents at Paimpol-Bréhat off Brittany.

The project, which will be built around a pair of 2MW L’Arcouest OpenHydro machines, is expected to be online next year.

“This confirms the performance of the innovative tidal turbine technology developed by OpenHydro," says Thierry Kalanquin, executive chairman of OpenHydro and director of parent company DCNS' Marine Energy division.

"We are eager to begin this new phase of our collaboration with EDF in order to contribute to the development of the tidal energy industry.”

This pilot phase is designed to pave the way for the deployment from 2016 of pre-commercial farms that will kick-start development of a tidal energy industrial sector in France.

OpenHydro's pioneering tidal turbine, an open-centre, 16-metre-diameter concept, has been trialled at the Paimpol-Bréhat site between December 2013 and April this year.

OpenHydro is also involved in a JV that intends to develop a 300MW project in the Channel Islands.