Tidal Energy Ltd. wins $2.5 million grant to test ocean energy device

The government of Wales granted Cardiff-based Tidal Energy Ltd. (TEL) a nearly $2.5 million in funding to test a tidal energy generator in Ramsey Sound, Pembrokeshire.

The funding is from the European Regional Development Fund, which is administered by the Welsh European Funding Office for Welsh government.

TEL will test its DeltaStream tidal energy device. Each DeltaStream unit, rated at 1.2 MW, consists of three independent 400 kW marine energy turbines mounted on a triangular frame. Though capable of being deployed at a variety of water depths, Tidal Energy says depths of at least 20 meters are ideal.

Harbor trials of the device will be taking place in Milford Haven later in 2013, before the DeltaStream unit is deployed in Ramsey Sound in Pembrokeshire in 2014. Here, it will generate clean electricity for the homes of St. Davids over its 12-month demonstration period.

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