ORPC has engaged Sustainable Marine’s Swift Anchors division to provide its rock anchoring system for ORPC’s Advanced TidGen Project set to launch in Maine later this year.
Swift Anchors will be among a number of subsystems ORPC will develop, test and integrate to validate a full TidGen system in a commercial site over 12 months, providing practical demonstration that it is technically, economically and environmentally viable. The U.S. Department of Energy is providing partial funding for the project.
“We’re excited to use Swift Anchor technology for our Advanced TidGen Project and across ORPC’s scalable technologies for river, tidal and ocean current environments,” said Stuart Davies, chief executive officer for ORPC. “Their technology offers a promising solution and we’re pleased to include it in our innovative marine energy system design.”
Swift Anchors’ technology has been driven by industry demand for greener, rapidly-deployed and more-cost efficient anchoring solutions for marine applications, according to a press release. Its rock anchor approach reduces carbon footprint compared to other anchoring systems as well as the environmental impact on the seabed, while driving down logistical costs with rapid installations managed by smaller vessels. Swift Anchors’ one-tonne steel anchor can provide the same holding force as 750 tons of concrete.
“We’re thrilled to announce this landmark deal for Swift Anchors,” said Anchoring Business Development Manager David Ainsworth. “Swift Anchors will provide a full turnkey solution for ORPC including front-end engineering design, product supply and complete installation services. Our specialist deployment crew will use our unique subsea drilling equipment and a Multicat-type workboat to deliver the project.”
ORPC’s TidGen is based on the proprietary design of the company’s commercial RivGen, now the longest-operating current energy converter in the Americas. By providing a fully renewable baseload power supply, the RivGen can reduce diesel consumption significantly in remote communities.
Sustainable Marine delivers a complete turnkey solution for tidal energy projects, including design, build, operation and maintenance services.
ORPC is headquartered in Portland, Maine, and has a project office in Anchorage. ORPC’s international presence includes subsidiaries in Montreal (ORPC Canada), Dublin (ORPC Ireland) and Punta Arenas (ORPC Chile).