HydroQuest, CMN group to install 1-MW tidal turbine at Paimpol-Brehat, France

HydroQuest and Constructions Mecaniques de Normandie have launched a project to install a 1-MW tidal turbine at the Paimpol-Brehat site in France, beginning in the second half of 2017.

The unit is being installed as part of an agreement with French utility EDF, according to a press release, and was selected in France’s “Marine renewable energies and pilot river turbine farms” call for projects, funded by the state in the context of its Investments in the Future Program.

The HydroQuest Ocean turbine features two vertical axes, making it free of any prominent central obstacles, the company says. The cross-flow turbine is “essentially unaffected by current direction, enabling the unit to be fixed to its foundation without any production loss.”

The goal of this installation is to validate the machine’s performance under real operating conditions for several months, with plans for commercialization on an international scale by 2019.

HydroQuest Ocean will be built at CMN workshops in Cherbourg.

 “The partnership surrounding the demonstrator is part of our growth strategy for marine renewable energies, a sector which will become one of the pillars for our company over time, in addition to our historical activity in naval construction,” says Pierre Balmer, chief executive officer of CMN. “This project, which further solidifies the collaboration we have established with HydroQuest over the past several years, confirms the launch of a French tidal hydrokinetic turbine industry in which we are now present alongside HydroQuest.”

According to EDF, France alone holds 20% of Europe’s marine energy generation potential. In fact, EDF estimates the workable European marine capacity to be about 12.5 GW.

HydroQuest, based near Grenoble, was founded in 2010 and has developed a line of turbines capable of producing electricity from water flows in rivers, estuaries and oceans.

CMN is a French shipyard specializing in the construction of military and civilian vessels and has been involved with the marine turbine sector since 2012.

HydroWorld reported in January that OpenHydro had deployed the first of two tidal turbines at the Paimpol-Brehat demonstration farm.

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