TESTING is well underway of a renewable energy device that converts the tidal streams around our coastline into renewable energy. Developed by Current2Current Ltd, a North East based renewable energy developer, the entire project has been built around effective communication, cooperation and teamwork with its core project partners.
“Collaboration is paramount when it comes to achieving a successful project”, according to Brian Barnard, Managing Director of Current2Current. “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 benefitting from working together.”
The tidal device is currently undergoing several weeks of testing offshore West Coast of Scotland at the Underwater Centre in Fort William. A key partner in this project, Steve Ham from The Underwater Centre explains: “We are increasingly involved in assisting companies with the development of new technology for the renewables industry. Our experience in the subsea industry along with our extensive offshore facilities and equipment, means Current2Current have been able to undertake their trials in a decidedly efficient manner.”
Prior to the testing of the device, there have been several months of design and fabrication, which have involved working with another key partner. Current2Current selected All Oceans Engineering for the entire fabrication process, having worked with the company previously on their pre-prototype device. Brian Able, Managing Director at All Oceans Engineering enthused about the contract: “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. Current2Current is definitely taking Tidal Power Generation in a unique and exciting direction. “
Early results from the testing of Current2Current’s tidal generator appear favourable with the conclusive results being due by the end of this year.