OpenHydro to build France’s 2- to 4-MW Paimpol-Brehat tidal

Electricite de France (EDF) has named Irish tidal power developer OpenHydro Group Ltd. to install four to ten tidal power turbines at EDF’s pilot project at Paimpol-Brehat, on France’s northern Brittany coast.

EDF, which first announced the pilot project in July, said Paimpol-Brehat should have a total capacity of 2 to 4 MW for delivery to the French grid by 2011. (HNN 7/17/08)

The utility said the test site would enable the technology to be tested in actual conditions and its environmental effects to be assess in detail.

“The Paimpol-Brehat region, which has some of the most powerful tidal currents in France, could in future accommodate other test technologies piloted by EDF,” the utility said.

EDF previously said the project is to involve an investment of between 23 million and 27 million euros (US$36.7 million to US$43.1 million) that EDF will finance jointly with local and European authorities.

OpenHydro, a designer and manufacturer of marine turbines, holds world rights to the Open-Centre Turbine technology. (HNN 2/25/08) The company’s commercial-scale test turbine is operating at the European Marine Energy Center in Orkney, Scotland.

EDF said the technology requires no underwater work and that the fully submerged turbines easily can be raised for maintenance operations.

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