Swedish marine energy developer Minesto has published an interview with the company’s Chief Operating Officer David Collier, where he explains the scope and process of the ‘world’s first’ low-flow tidal stream installation.
With installation activities underway in Holyhead, Wales, Minesto is closing in on demonstration of its Deep Green technology in utility scale for the first time.
To shed more light on the installation process, the company has released a video interview with the man at the forefront of the operation, David Collier.
According to Collier, the installation consists of three main phases.
In the first phase, the gravity base foundation structure and the micro grid system buoy will be installed.
Following is the installation of the tether, which will moor the DG500 device to the foundation on the seabed.
After that, the installation process will be completed with the addition the ‘kite’ itself – the DG500 power plant – after which the commissioning will begin, according to Minesto.
As previously stated, the commissioning will also be performed in stages. First, a number of steps will be gone through to verify the control system and other functionality, before moving on to electricity generation.
Collier said: “We are very confident that this will demonstrate successfully the benefit of the technology: the fact that it can work in sites such as offshore Holyhead, and other sites around the world, and can provide a baseload of renewable energy around the world at a utility scale. This is what we have been working towards. This is for us a very exciting time in the development of this system.”
The phased installation for the commercial-scale 500kW Deep Green tidal power is expected to be completed over the course of the next two months, the company said earlier.
Watch the full interview below to learn more details about the deployment operation.