Aquantis to test floating tidal energy device at EMEC


May 11 (Renewables Now) – Aquantis Inc, a tidal energy developer based in the U.S. state of California, has pledged to test its floating tidal energy converter at the European Marine Energy Center (EMEC) in Orkney, Scotland.

As part of a mooring agreement for a six-month trial program, the company will deploy its tidal power tug at the Shapinsay Sound scale test site next year and benefit from project management, operations, consent, monitoring and performance testing support from EMEC.

Aquantis’ second-generation rig is a versatile spar-buoy platform that supports a two-blade variable-pitch rotor 10 meters in diameter and a 160 kW transmission. It is being developed through the US Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) SHARKS (Submarine Hydrokinetic And Riverine Kilo-megawatt Systems) program.

Testing at the EMEC site will provide Aquantis with the performance data necessary to validate its load and dynamics model, controller functionality and load attenuation techniques. The company will also gain experience in maritime operations.

“While EMEC has a long history of supporting U.S. ocean energy development, Aquantis will be the first U.S. ocean energy developer to perform physical testing at EMEC,” said Richy Ainsworth, U.S. Project Engineer, EMEC .

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