BRTP delays Triton deployment, makes new appointments

Triton tidal platform with SIT turbines (Image: BRTP)

Black Rock Tidal Power (BRTP), a Schottel Hydro company, has delayed the deployment of Triton tidal platform to next year, while expanding its leadership team in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Namely, the Triton floating tidal platform was planned for deployment in fall this year at the BRTP’s berth located at the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE), near Parrsboro, Bay of Fundy.

However, in today’s press release, announcing the appointment of Nils Hirsch as General Manager, and Sue Molloy as Vice President of Strategy and Policy, BRTP stated that the Triton platform would be deployed next year.

“The leadership of Black Rock Tidal Power continues to grow. We have exceptional expertise on the ground in Nova Scotia and anticipate that our overall workforce will double in size by this fall,” Niels Lange, Chair of the BRTP’s Board of Directors, said.

The company is one of five companies from around the world awarded a site at FORCE tidal energy testing site. It also secured the developmental tidal feed-in tariff (FIT) and the respective power purchase agreement with Nova Scotia Power.

In October 2015, BRTP secured $11.5 million for the development of 2.5 MW Triton tidal platform, which carries a number of Schottel Hydro’s SIT turbines, from the combination of commercial loan and private equity funding.

The platform has two spar buoys that provide buoyancy and house both electrical and mechanical equipment for the installation. It is attached to a gravity base with a universal joint, allowing the array to align to the direction of tidal flows.

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