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Connel PLAT-I tidal turbine arrives in Canada for testing

Sustainable Marine Energy (SME) has installed the PLAT-I floating tidal energy platform in Connel Sound in Scotland.
Sustainable Marine Energy (SME) has installed the PLAT-I floating tidal energy platform in Connel Sound in Scotland.

Sustainable Marine Energy’s (SME) PLAT-I tidal energy platform has arrived in Nova Scotia for further testing in the Bay of Fundy.

The Scotland-built tidal array arrived Halifax in having sailed from the UK port of Liverpool.

The tidal turbine has been extensively tested for its first phase which took place at Connel Sound, near Oban, on Scotland’s West Coast.

Having proven the installation, operation and performance aspects of the platform, this second phase of testing will put its performance through its paces in the harsher climate of Canada.

SME said that Black Rock Tidal Power has applied to the Nova Scotia Department of Energy for permission to install the platform at Grand Passage for a minimum trial period of 3 months and, as part of that process, is currently engaging with stakeholders in the local area.

Jason Hayman, managing director of SME, said before the journey:“PLAT-I is graduating from Scotland to Canada, which is an important start to the export story for the Scottish marine energy industry. It also represents a change of gear for Sustainable Marine Energy, we started as an R&D company and are rapidly changing into a project delivery company based in Scotland.

“This has demonstrated by what our team has achieved in little more than 12 months. We have consented a new site, designed and built a new platform and have successfully run our complete testing programme in record time. I am grateful to the local community in Connel who hosted the first PLAT-I test, and very excited about what the next 12 months holds for us in Nova Scotia.”

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