In October 2016, the consortium held the sixth Tidal-EC meeting at ORE Catapult‘s National Renewable Energy Centre in Blyth, UK. The meeting included a visit to one of the on-site blade test facilities (pictured above), where the project is constructing a 940kW test rig.
The ORE Catapult Team has accelerated the design, procurement, assembly and commissioning of a new test rig to enable the Tocardo tidal device testing to begin in November 2016. The aim is still to start the testing in November and to finish in early February 2017. This project is expected to continue under current EC FP7 project until February 2017.
Dutch developer Tocardo is to install a 1MW tidal device next year at Canada’s Bay of Fundy in partnership with Nova Scotia outfit Minas Energy.
Tocardo will deploy four 250kW-rated T2 bi-directional turbines in the Minas Passage in late 2017.
The turbines will be attached to Tocardo’s patented semi-submersible Universal Floating Platform Structure to form a 1MW system held in place by catenary mooring systems.
Minas Energy’s leasehold rights to its berth at the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy awarded in 2009, along with a 4MW power purchase agreement awarded in December 2014 will be transferred to Minas Tidal, the new Nova Scotia-based development company.
Minas Tidal’s shareholders also include Canadian company International Marine Energy.
Minas Tidal will start discussions with local supply chain companies including fabricators, marine contractors, system integrators, engineers and scientists in the autumn.
The partnership will also undertake comprehensive stakeholder consultation with First Nations, the fisheries industry, regulators, and communities and complete all regulatory requirements prior to testing.
“We are looking forward to demonstrating Tocardo’s capabilities in North America and hope to make Nova Scotia the centre of our future manufacturing operations,” said Tocardo chief executive Hans Van Breugel.
In June 2015 the third consortium TIDAL-EC meeting was held at Tocardo’s site in the Netherlands. The image shows members of the TIDAL-EC consortium in front of Tocardo’s T2 tidal device, the knowledge of which is being used to inform the TIDAL-EC project and the development of a more advanced device.