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French tidal completes sea trials

Eel Energy wraps up tests of prototype off Brest

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French tidal developer Eel Energy has completed testing of its EEL prototype off the coast of Brest in Brittany.

The 1:6 scale device underwent four weeks of trials including tow testing to simulate and validate its behaviour in a marine environment.

“During 4 weeks, our tests made it possible to test validate the mechanical strength of our solution,” the company said.

“These tests also made it possible to obtain a power curve, at low speed, for our technology, which has reached several kW of average power.”

The trials generated a large volume of data which in turn have enabled the development and testing of a power measurement protocol submitted for certification to Bureau Veritas, it added.

The project was supported by BPI France and in partnership with Hutchinson, Ifremer and Dassault Systems.

Image: EEL prototype tested off Brest (Eel Energy)

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