OpenHydro to manufacture, install tidal turbines near Brittany

Irish manufacturer OpenHydro has been selected to supply two tidal turbines for installation at Paimpol-Brehat in Brittany.

OpenHydro, a member of the DCNS Group, said the announcement comes following the successful testing of one of its tidal turbines in “real” conditions at the Paimpol-Brehat site between December 2013 and April.

“These conclusive tests demonstrated the performance of the tidal turbine developed by OpenHydro and validated the principle of the 16-meter diameter prototype, an essential step before the deployment of pilot farms,” the company said.

OpenHydro and its partner, French utility EDF, will use the two new second-generation turbines to be installed at Paimpol-Brehat to demonstrate long-term reliability as the technology moves closer toward commercialization.

The company said it expects the two turbines to be operational in 2015.

HydroWorld.com reported in April that OpenHydro and Alderney Renewable Energy had agreed to a joint venture that will see the copmanies develop a 300 MW tidal energy array off the coast of Alderney in the English Channel.

OpenHydro was selected in March to deploy an array in Canada’s Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE).

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Michael Harris formerly was Editor for HydroWorld.com.

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