OpenHydro secures Japanese tidal turbine contract

OpenHydro,  a  DCNS  company,  is  part  of  a  consortium  which  has  been  selected  by  the  Japanese   Ministry  of  the  Environment  to  supply  a  tidal  turbine  system  for  installation  at  Naru  Strait,  Goto City,   Nagasaki  Prefecture.

 

The  consortium  includes  Kyuden  Mirai  Energy  Co.,  Inc,  Nippon  Steel  &  Sumikin  Engineering  Co., Ltd.   and  NPO  Nagasaki  Marine  Industry  Cluster  Promotion  Association.

 

Site  surveys  will  commence  later  this  year,  with  procurement  activities,  fabrication  and  cable laying  scheduled  to  start  in  2017.  The  2MW  Open-­Centre  Turbine  unit  will  be  built  in  France  and shipped  to   Japan.  The  subsea  base  will  be  manufactured  locally  by  Nippon  Steel  &  Sumikin Engineering  Co.,  Ltd.     who  will  also  be  responsible  for  all  mobilisation  and  deployment  activities.

 

The  turbine  is  planned  for  deployment  in  2018  and  will  be  subsequently  connected  to  the  grid. During   the  first  year  of  operation,  intensive  tests  will  be  conducted,  the  results  of  which  will provide  a  reference   for  the  build-­out  of  commercial  scale  tidal  arrays  in  Japan.

 

OpenHydro  has  incorporated  OpenHydro  Technology  Japan,  to  manage  and  oversee  the  delivery  of   this  demonstration  project.  It  will  also  lead  development  activities  in  relation  to  future  commercial scale   schemes.

 

James  Ives,  OpenHydro,  Chief  Executive,  said:  “This  16-­metre  turbine  will  be  the  first  commercial-­scale   tidal  device  to  be  deployed  in  Japanese  waters.  Through  this  demonstration  project  we  will work  with   our  Consortium  partners  to  foster  local  skills  and  expertise.  In  future,  we  will manufacture  devices  for   commercial  scale  arrays  in  Japan,  underlining  again  the  potential  of  the industry  to  create  jobs  and   economic  benefit  where  significant  tidal  resource  is  available.  As  such, this  test  device  is  an  essential   step  in  the  development  of  a  tidal  industry  in  Japan.”

 

Source: www.openhydro.com