PTEC partners with world-leading and state-of-the-art tidal turbine
Perpetuus Tidal Energy Centre (PTEC) today announced its major partnerships with global
tidal turbine manufacturers, SCHOTTEL HYDRO GmbH and TOCARDO Tidal Turbines. The
transformational tidal energy generation project, having achieved all key project consents
earlier this year and with a signed grid connection offer, is now a step further towards
delivery with full operations to commence from 2020.
The 30MW project, to be created off the Isle of Wight, will allow long-term operation of
SCHOTTEL HYDRO and TOCARDO turbine arrays, simultaneously optimising their
performance and delivering reliable electricity to the grid. PTEC is also expected to create
and safeguard hundreds of jobs and attract significant investment into the local economy,
building on the success of the existing British marine and offshore wind sectors.
Project Director, Mark Francis said: “We are very pleased to announce that TOCARDO and
SCHOTTEL HYDRO are partnering with us to deliver 30MW of predictable electricity
generated from the tidal currents to the south of the Isle of Wight. This is a major milestone
for the project, which is of strategic importance to the UK’s tidal industry and will accelerate
the growth of the sector as well as enable a continued cost reduction path for future tidal
stream projects. Working with world leading and state-of-the-art turbine manufacturers
under our unique project structure will be the key to our success.
We are currently working with SCHOTTEL HYDRO and TOCARDO to identify the optimal site
layout and designs, taking into consideration the outputs of our Environmental Impact
Assessment and consented envelope. These decisions will be finalised in due course, with
onshore construction scheduled to begin next year.”
Niels A. Lange, MD from SCHOTTEL HYDRO said: “It is a privilege to be part of the largest
consented tidal stream energy project in England and Wales. We are excited to join such a
ground-breaking development and world-class team and look forward to seeing PTEC drive
the development of tidal power both in the Solent area and, indeed, worldwide.
We will be spearheading this development through our UK subsidiary TidalStream Ltd.,
which has been active in this industry for over five years. One of the benefits of our TRITON
platform technology is the maximising of local manufactured content. For our demonstrator
in the Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia - due to be installed next year - the local content will be in
the order of 75%, bringing manufacturing jobs and benefits to the local community. We are
constantly seeking ways to advance our technology and ensure it is fully commercialised for
worldwide production. PTEC is the perfect opportunity for us to achieve this.”
Hans van Breugel, CEO of TOCARDO, said “Engaging with PTEC is a significant step in the
commercialisation process of TOCARDO’s standard offshore tidal solution, the UFS. After
having deployed our turbines at various sites in the Netherlands and operating these
projects successfully, we feel confident to jointly realise this world leading multi-MW tidal energy
farm at the Isle of Wight. PTEC follow a thorough step-by-step process towards
successful project deployment, just like TOCARDO does in product development, and we are
proud to have been selected.”
Note to editors:
The Perpetuus Tidal Energy Centre (PTEC) is a state-of-the-art 30MW tidal energy generation
project that will reinforce the UK’s position as a world leader in marine renewables and
enable significant cost reduction for the tidal industry.
SCHOTTEL HYDRO offers its services in three segments: hydrokinetic turbines, semi-
submerged platforms and components, such as turbine hubs and drives. SCHOTTEL HYDRO
also includes the UK company TidalStream Ltd. (TSL) and the Canadian company Black Rock
Tidal Power (BRTP). SCHOTTEL HYDRO is located in Spay, Germany.
Tocardo is a Dutch founded and based company and global leader in tidal energy solutions.
The Tocardo head office is located next to a Dutch icon, the Afsluitdijk. This historic sea
defence of the Netherlands creates just the right place for tidal research and development.
Here Tocardo’s first prototypes are installed, providing energy for over seven years now.
Tocardo developed a larger turbine-type (T2) for yet another Dutch icon, the Deltaworks.
This installation is the world’s largest commercial tidal installation of five turbines in an
array. To continue Tocardo’s ambition in generating electricity from tidal currents, the
company developed a solution called the Universal Foundation System (UFS) that can be
installed in offshore waters. This way, Tocardo’s proven turbines can harvest tidal power
almost anywhere in the world.
For further information about PTEC
please visit our website: PerpetuusTidal.com
or contact Rachel Wild Rachel(at)athene-communications.co.uk
Telephone 01733 207 339