Xodus joins Atlantis in pursuit of Japanese tides

AR1500 tidal stream turbine installed at MeyGen (Photo: Xodus)

Xodus Group has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Atlantis Resources to pursue the development of a tidal energy project in Japan.

The agreement’s goal is to secure funding and establish a commercially viable tidal energy demonstration project of three to eight turbines in the country, according to Xodus.

The companies visited Japan earlier this year to meet with government departments, supply chain and utility companies to promote the collaboration and join the lobbying effort for the general promotion of tidal energy as a credible future energy source in Japan.

Pete Tipler, Principal Consultant at Xodus Group, said: “We have a long and trusted relationship with Atlantis from the early days of their turbine testing at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) and through the MeyGen project and can rely on the experience of their team to understand the opportunities and challenges of developing a tidal project in Japan.

“Together, we need to prove tidal energy as a competitive renewable energy source for the country.”

Tim Cornelius, CEO of Atlantis Resources, added: “We are looking forward to working alongside Xodus pursuing development opportunities in this exciting market. This is a continuation of our long-established relationship over many years at the MeyGen project that has seen the tidal stream sector move from demonstration to operations of commercial scale arrays.

“We look forward to replicating this success and have already commenced pursuing several project opportunities in Japan together.”

To remind, the Edinburgh-based renewable energy company Atlantis and Nagasaki University recently signed a collaboration agreement for a joint study on ocean renewables in Japan using tidal stream.

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