Tidal energy generator unveiled in Wales

The first minister of Wales, Rt Hon Carwyn Jones, has unveiled Wales’ first full-scale tidal Energy generator at Pembroke Port.

Cardiff-based tidal stream technology company, Tidal Energy, developed the DeltaStream technology which will be installed in Pembrokeshire and will be one of the world’s first devices to generate sustainable and predictable tidal energy.

Named ‘Ysbryd y Mor’ – meaning ‘Spirit of the Sea’ – the 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. The DeltaStream incorporates a number of design features to minimise any potential impact on the surrounding environment.

EU funds worth £8m, delivered through the Welsh government, have been invested in the project, with matched funding coming from Tidal Energy’s majority shareholder, Welsh renewable energy company Eco2.

Martin Murphy, managing director of Tidal Energy, 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.”

This article, including the image, has been adapted from an article published by Technology4Change.