Getting ‘InToTidal’ in Orkney
Dutch company Tocardo Tidal Power is preparing to deploy its technology in Orkney waters.
The system has arrived at Hatston Pier in Kirkwall in preparation for installation at the European Marine Energy Centre’s grid-connected tidal test site.
It marks the start of Tocardo’s ‘InToTidal’ project - a planned 20-year commercial demonstration project at EMEC’s Fall of Warness test site.
Led by Tocardo, the project brings together Orkney based companies EMEC and Leask Marine, and French research institute IFREMER.
Tocardo has already been working with international shipyard DAMEN, as well as Leask Marine, Bryan J Rendall Electrical and Aquatera in Orkney in preparation for the system deployment at EMEC’s tidal site.
Hans van Breugel, chief executive officer of Tocardo Tidal Power, said: “Our work at EMEC is an important step in de-risking and improving our offshore tidal power technology.
“Tocardo’s benchmark is to produce energy at the cost of offshore wind in the near future. To be able to achieve this, the tidal energy sector needs to be enabled to increase the installed volume of equipment.
“In that respect, it is important to see a support scheme suitable for the marine energy sector, to encourage technology companies like Tocardo to build out on an industrial scale in the UK.
“Tocardo is ready to become one of the larger inward investment companies into the marine energy sector, with a strong operational and production base in Scotland and Wales.
“The UK is extremely well positioned as a maritime nation to create new jobs from the growing tidal energy industry.”
In deploying the system at EMEC’s, Tocardo is preparing for a large scale roll-out of its tidal energy technology. The next installation is likely to be in Canada.