Dutch company Tocardo producing tidal turbines for Nepal and Japan

September 28th, 2012 by Tocardo International BV

Tocardo free flow in-stream hydro turbine (click image to expand - image courtesy of Tocardo International BV)

Tocardo International BV, the Dutch company dedicated to producing economical free-flow turbines, has started manufacturing six free-flow water turbines for installation in Nepal and Japan.

This follows the partnership agreements announced in March 2012 to supply 8 MW of bi-directional turbine power over a three-year period to Japan and, in June 2012 , to supply 2.5 MW of uni-directional turbine power to Nepal’s fast-flowing rivers.

Japan and Nepal have been identified by Tocardo as regions where sustainable, low-cost renewable energy is becoming increasingly important, with particular potential for tidal and in-stream technology.

As manufacturing of Tocardo’s hydro turbines commences, the opportunity presented by these two markets is starting to be realised.

The Tocardo free-flow in-stream hydro turbines can be compared to ‘underwater wind turbines’: free- standing underwater units, generating energy from sea currents, tidal and river flows. They are easy to install and are low-cost to maintain.

Hans Van Breugel, CEO of Tocard International, commenting on production of these turbines,  said “starting the production of these turbines is the first stage in realising the partnerships we have set in place in both Japan and Nepal.”

“We are excited to be working on a hydropower solution with our partners to help them deliver the reliable sustainable energy requirements that they need.”

TOCARDO International BV has entered the renewable energy market with 100 and 200 kW turbines. This technology is proven over three years in currents of 4.5 metres per second. The company is also developing a 500 kW and 1 MW offshore turbine.

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