Collaboration Drives C2C Tidal Testing
Aberdeenshire-based tidal energy developer, Current2Current (C2C), has highlighted the collaboration as the key driver for the advancement of its tidal energy technology.
The tidal device developed by C2C is currently undergoing several weeks of testing off west Scotland at The Underwater Centre in Fort William, one of the partners in the project.
C2C has recently received financial backing in the amount of £100,000 from the Scottish Enterprise. The funding contributed to a £260,000 R&D feasibility project the company is undertaking to further develop its tidal technology.
Collaboration paramount to successful project
Brian Barnard, Managing Director of C2C, said: “Collaboration is paramount when it comes to achieving a successful project. Working effectively with your key project partners takes determination and practice to get it right but it is definitely worth the effort with all parties ultimately benefiting from working together.”
Prior to the testing of the device, there have been several months of design and fabrication works conducted with another key partner – All Oceans Engineering, who were tasked with the entire fabrication process.
Brian Able, Managing Director at All Oceans Engineering, said: “We were delighted that our services in those early days led us to being identified as the preferred principle engineering provider to further develop the device for this next phase of extended performance trials. C2C is definitely taking tidal power generation in a unique and exciting direction.”
Early results from the testing of C2C’s tidal generator appear favorable, with the conclusive results being due by the end of this year, C2C informed.
Tidal testing: development of new technology for renewables industry
Steve Ham, Commercial Director at The Underwater Centre added: “The Underwater Centre is increasingly involved in assisting companies with the development of new technology for the renewables industry. With our experience in the subsea industry, we have been able to provide valuable advice to Current2Current for the testing of their equipment. This, coupled with our extensive offshore facilities and equipment, mean Current2Current have been able to undertake their trial efficiently and in a cost-effective manner.”
This article originally appeared on Tidal Energy Today, click here to view.
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