Innovative tidal energy technology given green light to test in marine waters of Northern Ireland

November 20th, 2012 by Minesto AB

Minesto has also secured permits from the Northern Ireland Environmental Agency to commence the trials.

The upcoming tests of Minesto’s tidal and ocean current energy solution Deep Green in Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland, is a major step forward in the commercialization of this innovative technology that has the potential to double the amount of tidal power that the UK can produce.

Deep Green resembles a sweeping underwater kite, comprised of a wing and a turbine which is secured to the seabed with a tether and moves in a fast 8-shaped path in the tidal current.

Anders Jansson, CEO of Minesto, said “the site permit is important for our product development and commercialization of Deep Green.”

“There is increasing interest in our solution for cost-effective marine energy production from low velocity currents – and that is the reason for us getting the permits so quickly.”

“Deep Green expands the total potential for marine energy considerably. Marine energy is seen as increasingly strategically important in many countries, and especially in the United Kingdom,” he said.

These sea trials are an important step forward in the commercialization of Deep Green. They will now be carried out beginning early in 2013 at a scale of 1:4 for a period of up to two years to validate the technology, and later scaled up to full scale.

This is the second round of sea tests. At the start of 2012 successful tests where completed at a scale of 1:10.

Compared to other traditional and renewable energy sources, tidal and ocean current energy is considerably more predictable and reliable and with minimal visual and environmental impact.

Deep Green covers a large energy catchment area and service and maintenance is cost effective resulting in low electricity production costs, which are comparable with traditional energy sources.

Minesto was founded in 2007 and is based in Gothenburg, Sweden, and Northern Ireland, UK.

The major shareholders in Minesto are BGA Invest, Midroc New Technology, Saab Group and Chalmers University of Technology.

 

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