DeltaStream tidal turbine is set to become one of the first grid-connected demonstration devices in the world to generate sustainable and predictable tidal power.
The gravity-based foundation of the 400 KW turbine allows it to sit on the seabed under its own weight, without the need to drill or pile the structure into the seabed.
Managing director of Tidal Energy Ltd, Mr. Martin Murphy said “The deployment of DeltaStream marks a significant achievement for the original inventor of the device, Richard Ayre, and for our team, our shareholders, Wales and the wider tidal industry.”
"We are immensely proud to be one of the frontrunners of tidal energy development in this nascent industry, which has great and far-reaching potential for green energy production,” he added.
Mr. Chris Williams, development director of Tidal Energy Ltd, said “After initial testing and commissioning of the device in the next few days, DeltaStream will gather data relating to its electricity generating performance and environmental impact over the coming months. We intend to recover the device for inspection and upgrade work next year.”
The £15m project has been has been funded by the company’s majority shareholder, Eco2, a Cardiff based renewable energy company, along with worth £8m delivered through the government of Wales.
This project is the first of its kind in Wales and is expected to meet the electricity needs of around 10, 000 Welsh homes.