Commercial-Scale Tidal Power Turbine Begins Feeding Electricity to Grid


photos courtesy of Marine Current Turbines

We’ve reported a couple of times on the progress of SeaGen tidal power turbine project in Northern Ireland, most recently on the project’s installation.

Though not yet fully operational, SeaGen has reached a mile marker in its development: being run at 150 KW capacity and feeding the power generated into the electric grid. Clean Technica reports that during the commissioning phase of the project, the turbine is being constrained to 300 KW, but once fully operational will have a capacity of 1.2 MW. The project is expected to reach this final stage of development by the end of the summer.
Shaped somewhat like an inverted wind turbine, SeaGen generates electricity as water pushes past its slow-moving blades underwater. Located in Strangford Lough in Northern Ireland, SeaGen is being operated by Marine Current Turbines. The firm is currently developing an even larger project off the coast of Anglesey, Wales, 10.5 MW in size which is could come online in 2011 or 2012.

View the SeaGen project website for more information.

via :: Clean Technica
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