SeaGen completes tidal power hat trick

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Tidal energy developer SeaGen, acquired earlier this year by Siemens, announced this week that it has completed a power generation “hat trick” in Northern Ireland’s Strangford Lough.

The tidal current device developed by Marine Current Turbines, which resembles an underwater wind turbine, has now generated more than 6 GWh of electricity since its installation in 2008, a new record for free stream tidal energy systems.

But the last 1 GWh of power took only 68 days to generate – the fastest time for the generation of 1 GWh since it started operating – even more remarkable, says the company, because this includes a 9-day outage.

And a third record was set on October 14, when a strong tide enabled the SeaGen system to generate 22.52 MWh in a single day – the highest yet.

“SeaGen is delivering predictable and reliable power to the grid, and with these three successes we have set crucial milestones for further commercialization of this technology,” says Achim Wörner of Siemens’ energy division.

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