Tocardo Tidal Power generates electricity at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney

June 26th, 2017 by Tocardo International BV

Tocardo Tidal Power’s 1.4 MW tidal turbine deployment at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) has received accreditation under the Renewables Obligation (RO) scheme from Ofgem (Office of Gas and Electricity Markets) in the UK)).

Tocardo entered the tidal energy industry in the UK with the FORESEA & InToTidal project and the successful installation of Tocardo’s TFS (Temporary Foundation System) in Orkney in early 2017.

Tocardo turbine installation producing power at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney, Scotland (click image to expand)

The TFS was prepared for deployment at the European Marine Energy Centre’s (EMEC’s) grid-connected tidal test site at the Hatston Pier in Kirkwall.

The deployment by the Tocardo engineers was the start of the Tocardo’s planned 20-year commercial demonstration project at EMEC’s Fall of Warness tidal test site.

With this deployment at the EMEC site and accreditation from Ofgem, Tocardo feels it is ready for large scale roll-out of its generic solution for tidal energy production.

The next deployments are foreseen in Wales, and at the FORCE and Petit Passage locations in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Led by Tocardo, the project brings together Orkney based companies EMEC and Leask Marine, and French research institute IFREMER.

Tocardo has already been working with international shipyard DAMEN, as well as Leask Marine, Bryan J Rendall Electrical and Aquatera in Orkney for the system deployment at EMEC’s Fall of Warness site.

Hans van Breugel, CEO of Tocardo Tidal Power, said “we are very pleased the project has been granted.

With this accreditation under this renewable support scheme for the EMEC project, a commercial business case has been secured.”

“Tocardo’s benchmark is to produce energy at the cost of offshore wind in the near future.”

“To be able to achieve this, the tidal energy sector needs to be enabled to increase the installed volume of equipment”.

“In this respect, it is important to see an industrial support scheme suitable for the marine energy sector, to encourage technology companies like Tocardo to build out on an industrial scale in the UK.”

A revenue-based support mechanism, decreasing over time, has proved to be best in creating a new industry through market incentivisation, as happened with the Danish wind energy sector.

Tocardo is ready to become one of the larger inward investment companies into the marine energy sector, with a strong operational and production base in Scotland and Wales.

“The UK is extremely well positioned as a maritime nation to create new jobs from the growing tidal energy industry,” Hans van Breugel said.

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