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Peter Scheijgrond in front of Pelamis wave Power at Lyness, Orkney

Together with Bluewater, Tidal Testing Centre has partnered with a group of leading offshore companies to realize the first unique floating tidal energy platform. On the 9th of April 2015, the first BlueTEC platform was inaugurated in the Marsdiep between Den Helder and the island of Texel. The Tocardo tidal turbine placed under the BlueTEC platform generates clean electricity for around 100 households on the island of Texel. 

This first BlueTEC will serve as a demonstration platform targeted at remote locations worldwide, such as islands in Indonesia, Philippines and the Pacific. It is also the start of further development of higher capacity tidal energy platforms, to be deployed in large farms. 

For Tocardo, this open water test pilot will provide valuable information about the effects of turbulent water on the turbines. It is meant to stay there producing electricity for several years, allowing multiple turbines to be tried out.

The unique cooperation between Bluewater, Damen, Van Oord/Acta Marine, Tocardo, Schottel Hydro, TKF, Vryhof, NIOZ, Nylacast and Tidal Test Centre bundles extensive experience in the maritime and offshore industry, in the field of design and operation of mooring platforms, shipbuilding, offshore dredging and installation, tidal turbines, power cables, anchors, research at sea and synthetic materials.

The BlueTEC platform is developed for cost efficient installation, operations and maintenance of the tidal turbines. All vulnerable electronics are placed inside the dry and protected platform, allowing  for easy access for inspection, maintenance and repair. The possibility to disconnect the platform from the electricity net, makes it very easy to ship it to a local port for heavy repair. This is the first and unique tidal system offered on the market. Click here to view Video Clip

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