Nautricity, a Scottish tidal turbine developer, will now have access to grid connected tidal test berth at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC).
The announcement follows concluded sea trials of Nautricity’s CoRMat tidal energy converter and Hydrobuoy mooring system at EMEC’s Shapinsay Sound test site.
The test berth that the company has secured is located at EMEC’s Fall of Warness test site, and it represents a step forward for the company in the efforts to commercialize their device, EMEC’s press release reads.
Cameron Johnstone, Nautricity’s Chief Executive Officer, said:
“The objectives for Nautricity’s forthcoming operations at EMEC are threefold:
- we want to undertake technical de-risking of a grid connected 0.5 MW CoRMaT tidal turbine within higher energetic tidal sites,
- evaluate the performance of Nautricity’s new foundation system designed for shallower water operations,
- demonstrate the ability to quickly deploy our tidal technology in tidal sites with short operating windows using smaller scale vessels.”
Neil Kermode, EMEC’s Managing director, said: “It is great to see a tidal developer using component testing here at EMEC to inform full-system technology development, but even better to see that development being taken to the next stage back here at EMEC. We will be delighted to see the CoRMaT turbine a step closer to commercialisation with grid-connected performance testing.”