Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones announced last week at the Renewable UK Cymru conference in Cardiff that Wales’ first full-scale tidal energy generator has been awarded a £1.6 million EU grant to find its deployment in Ramsey Sound, Pembrokeshire.
The funding comes from the European Regional Development Fund has been provided to Cardiff-based Tidal Energy Ltd for its DeltaStream tidal energy device. The company is backed by Welsh renewable energy company Eco2 Ltd.
Invented by Pembrokeshire engineer Richard Ayre – the DeltaStream device, which sits on the seabed under its own gravity – comprises of three independent 400 kW turbines mounted on a triangular frame.
Harbour trials for the device will take place later this year in Milford Haven before full deployment in 2014 in Ramsey Sound. What follows will be a 12 month demonstration period in which it will generate electricity for the residents of St Davids. Only one 400 kW turbine…
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