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Tidal turbine passes 2 GWh milestone

Marine Current Turbines’ 1.2 MW tidal turbine, SeaGen, has delivered 2 GWh to the UK electricity grid from its location in Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland.

Peter Fraenkel, Technical Director of Marine Current Turbines, says: “Passing the 2 million kWh mark represents considerable progress and underlines the significant potential that our technology and base-load tidal energy has to offer. We are delivering marine energy on a daily basis which shows that our SeaGen technology is leading the race to harness the power of the seas by a large margin.

“It took SeaGen from July 2008 until March of this year to generate the first million units largely due to licence restictions placed on its operation. However since March the restrictions, to check that SeaGen’s operation did not have any adverse effect on marine life, have been significantly relaxed by the regulating authority and 24/7 operation has been allowed. So in just the five months since 24/7 operation started, SeaGen has delivered its second million.”

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