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EMEC to assess performance of Verdant Power’s tidal turbine system in New York City

The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) will provide an independent performance assessment of Verdant Power’s 5th Generation (Gen5) tidal turbine system, to be deployed for commercial demonstration in New York City’s East River in 2020.

The deployment will be conducted under Verdant Power’s Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy (RITE) Project and be comprised of three Gen5 turbines mounted on a Verdant Power TriFrame. Verdant Power secured $6 million in funding for the effort in late 2018, including support from the U.S. Department of Energy and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

EMEC will aim to extend its ISO/IEC accreditation as a test laboratory to assess the performance of the three Gen5 turbines using international technical specifications and seek to become the first marine energy test laboratory to issue a report through the IECRE system. EMEC was the first organization in the world to acquire accreditation as an international test laboratory for marine energy and is one of only two bodies to hold such status today.

“Verdant Power are an innovative company with a strong vision for where they are heading, and we are delighted they have selected EMEC to be part of that vision,” said Elaine Buck, technical manager at EMEC. “This will be the first time EMEC has carried out an off-site performance assessment and potentially the first marine energy test report issued through the IECRE. This will set a new bar for tidal energy technologies globally.”

EMEC says that independently measuring the performance of Verdant’s system will add credibility to operational results and set a new standard for tidal energy technology developers to meet globally.

“Our efforts at the RITE Project over the past decade have allowed us to advance our technology, and the marine energy industry, in significant ways,” said Ron Smith, president of Verdant Power. “As such, working with EMEC is a natural fit for us. The addition of their technical expertise and particularly their independent third-party verification of our system’s performance is key as we bring the technology to market. Furthermore, utilizing the newly formed IECRE System and issuing the world’s first Renewable Energy Test Report (RETR) for the assessment of power performance for a tidal energy converter not only supports our company mission but also advances the marine energy industry at large.”

EMEC was established in 2003 as a facility for testing wave and tidal energy converters in real sea conditions. The center offers independent, accredited grid-connected test berths for full-scale prototypes, as well as test sites in less challenging conditions for use by smaller scale technologies, supply chain companies, and equipment manufacturers. To date, 20 wave and tidal energy clients spanning 11 countries have tested 32 marine energy devices at EMEC.