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EEL Energy's revolutionary tidal energy converter to be tested at Ifremer

French tidal energy developer EEL Energy has developed an ultra-efficient tidal energy converter with an undulating membrane that imitates aquatic animals. 

The innovative membrane oscillates under fluid pressure and this periodic motion is converted into electricity by an electromechanical system. 

EEL Energy’s breakthrough technology lets the turbine turn automatically to the direction of the current and has already produced 1MW of electricity from  current speeds below 2.5 meters per second when tested in the flume tank operated by Ifremer. 

After a series of tests, the tidal energy converter is set to be deployed in the North sea, off the coast of Scotland by 2017.

Mr. Jean-Baptiste Devret, CEO at EEL Energy said “The technology has enormous potential. This could get really big. Eventually we plan to send our machines all over the world and colonise the ocean floor.” 

Finance Director, Mr. Franck Sylvain,  at EEL Energy said “Seventy-one percent of the surface of our planet is covered with water that never stops moving. If in the future we could capture the power generated by this movement, Earth would never need another energy source.”  

Earlier, Bpifrance, the French public investment bank, has pledged to invest as much as €8 billion in EEL Energy’s revolutionary technology.