Dutch deploy tidal array
Five Tocardo and Huisman turbines installed off Netherlands coast
Tocardo Tidal Turbines and Huisman have installed five tidal turbines in the Eastern Scheldt storm surge barrier in the Netherlands.
The companies said the installation is the largest tidal energy project in the Netherlands.
The array was engineered and produced in nine months and installed in two hours, the companies said.
Tocardo chief executive officer Hans van Breugel said: “This project marks an important step in the development of tidal energy.
“With our turbines in the Eastern Scheldt storm surge barrier, we can now show the world what tidal energy is all about: providing a clean and reliable source of energy that could fulfil 10-20% of the world’s electricity needs.”
Other Dutch companies are involved in the project include: Strukton, which has been actively involved in the project planning management during installation; and Mammoet transported and installed the array.
Istimewa Elektrotechniek, Van der Straaten and Hillebrand were also involved in the electro-technical installation and steel structures.
This project has also received funding from the European Regional Development Fund, the Dutch government and the province of Zeeland as part of the Operational Programme for Zuid-Nederland.
Image: Tocardo tidal turbines (Tocardo)