Giant tidal energy turbine unveiled

GIANT OF THE WAVES: Tidal Energy Ltd Managing Director Martin Murphy is dwarfed by the giant tidal energy generator.  (9017468)

GIANT OF THE WAVES: Tidal Energy Ltd Managing Director Martin Murphy is dwarfed by the giant tidal energy generator. (9017468)

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WEIGHING 150 tonnes and measuring 16m long and 20mhigh, Wales’ first giant tidal energy generator will be unveiled today (Thursday) at Pembroke Port by First Minister Carwyn Jones.

The patented DeltaStream device developed byTidal Energy Ltd will be installed in Ramsey Sound – and will be among the world’s first demonstration devices to generate green, sustainable and predictable tidal power.

EU funds worth £8m via the Welsh Government has been invested in the project, with match funding from majority shareholder, Welsh renewable energy company, Eco2 Ltd.

Managing Director of Tidal Energy Ltd, Martin Murphy said: “This is a significant milestone for us as a company and for the industry as a whole. We have achieved a number of firsts with this project, including those relating to the environmental consents, the grid connection and the installation process - where the turbine and foundation are installed together.

“The imminent launch of DeltaStream, and the supply chain that now exists as a consequence of its development, marks the birth of the tidal industry in Wales. We remain committed to leading the expansion of this industry and to the creation of green jobs by building on the wealth of expertise present in this region and the country’s plentiful resources.”

Tidal Energy Ltd’s DeltaStream device is the first private marine project to be fully developed in Wales, having secured all the required planning and environmental consents together with a lease agreement from

The Crown Estate.

The company has also worked with contractors to install the necessary infrastructure to support what will be the first grid-connected freestanding tidal turbine.

Named ‘Ysbryd y Mor’ meaning ‘Spirit of the Sea’, the DeltaStream 400kW demonstration device, weighing 150 tonnes and with a frame 16m long by 20m high, has been fabricated and assembled by Pembroke-Dock based company Mustang Marine over the last six months.

Invented by Pembrokeshire engineer Richard Ayre, the DeltaStream device is the first project to receive precautionary ‘deploy and monitor’ environmental consent in a designated Marine Special Area of Conservation’ having incorporated a number of design features to minimise any potential impact on the surrounding environment. An extensive suite of monitoring equipment will be installed on and around the device in Ramsey Sound.

The DeltaStream project marks the first step in the delivery of the Welsh Government’s March 2014 Plan for its Low Carbon Transition Strategy in marine renewable generation.

Commenting on the project, the First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones said:“I’m delighted that Wales’ first full scale tidal stream energy generator has been supported with almost £8million from the European Regional Development Fund. This is a landmark project for Wales, which will not only help us to meet our sustainable energy ambitions, but will also provide significant opportunities for local people and businesses.”

Plans for a 10MW DeltaStream commercial array off St Davids Head in Pembrokeshire are underway, which will see Tidal Energy Ltd join forces with Eco2 Ltd to install up to nine DeltaStream devices, and generate enough power for approximately 10,000 homes.

Dr David Williams, Chief Executive of Eco2 Ltd said, “The St Davids Head project will serve to further prove the commercial viability of DeltaStream and marine renewable energy as a whole. The device has excellent export potential for deployment in high energy tidal sites around the world, and we intend to harness this tidal potential.”

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11:24am Thu 7 Aug 14

Gogledd says...

I am all for renewable energy and I fully understand the need for alternative sources of energy as I do believe that we are facing a global cricis. But, I find it amazing that the National Parks have allowed this to be put up off St Davids in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and even deemed to be of Global importance. The reason is that they and PCC are not consistent in what they allow to be passed for planning and what they refuse in the name of the NP - so all in all it doesnt really add up.
I am all for renewable energy and I fully understand the need for alternative sources of energy as I do believe that we are facing a global cricis. But, I find it amazing that the National Parks have allowed this to be put up off St Davids in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and even deemed to be of Global importance. The reason is that they and PCC are not consistent in what they allow to be passed for planning and what they refuse in the name of the NP - so all in all it doesnt really add up. Gogledd
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11:43am Thu 7 Aug 14

Gogledd says...

I also think the 8 million funding would be better spent on benefitting the communities..ie Hospitals!!!!
I also think the 8 million funding would be better spent on benefitting the communities..ie Hospitals!!!! Gogledd
  • Score: -3

11:58am Tue 12 Aug 14

Bilbo101 says...

Apologies for the unrelated post BUT : Help end the corruption in PCC by signing the petition and sending it to all your friends. 2507 Pembrokeshire people have so far signed, lets get it past the 3000 mark, Facebook and Twitter the link to all your family and friends : https://you.38degree
s.org.uk/petitions/e
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Apologies for the unrelated post BUT : Help end the corruption in PCC by signing the petition and sending it to all your friends. 2507 Pembrokeshire people have so far signed, lets get it past the 3000 mark, Facebook and Twitter the link to all your family and friends : https://you.38degree s.org.uk/petitions/e nd-corruption-in-pem brokeshire-county-co uncil Bilbo101
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10:27pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Milford-Resident says...

Pity this is twenty years too late- if the same money, mainly subsidies, that have been spent on wind turbines had been spent on predictable, largely minimal visual impact tidal power generation how much better off would we be?
Pity this is twenty years too late- if the same money, mainly subsidies, that have been spent on wind turbines had been spent on predictable, largely minimal visual impact tidal power generation how much better off would we be? Milford-Resident
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