Thames Tidal to Develop Tidal Farm in UK

19 May 2011 (Last Updated May 19th, 2011 18:30)

Thames Tidal will install a turbine along the HQS Wellington, a Royal Navy warship, as part of a pilot project to develop a 50MW tidal farm along the Thames River in the UK. The two-month trial will help in planning measures to mitigate any environmental risks, including impact on exis

Thames Tidal will install a turbine along the HQS Wellington, a Royal Navy warship, as part of a pilot project to develop a 50MW tidal farm along the Thames River in the UK.

The two-month trial will help in planning measures to mitigate any environmental risks, including impact on existing river users in future.

Nautricity's CoRMaT contra-rotating turbines will be deployed in arrays along the river in a phase-wise manner from Westminster to Margate, subject to planning consent and availability of sites.

On completion, the farm will be capable of generating energy sufficient to power 35,000 homes.

The CoRMaT device is a small capsule, tethered to a sub-surface float, allowing the device to operate in a very wide range of water depths.

Thames Tidal is a joint venture of Nautricity, a tidal technology developer, global developer and financier of energy projects.

The project's stakeholders include the Port of London Authority.