World’s first floating tidal power platform
DEN HELDER _ The world’s first floating tidal power platform was named April 9 and will soon be positioned off the Dutch North Sea island of Texel. The BlueTEC Tidal Energy platform will supply clean electricity generated by underwater tidal turbines. BlueTEC is a demo project showing how power can be generated in remote locations. Crucially, it will trigger the development of higher capacity tidal power platforms in large farms.
We are very pleased we have reached this exciting milestone for our first floating tidal demonstration platform,” says Bluewater’s Head of New Energy Allard van Hoeken. The Texel project “puts us a step closer to our goal of putting an all-in-one tidal energy platform on the market and delivering clean, local and endless energy to the world.”
The platform will test multiple turbines, can be shipped in containers and installed anywhere to replace expensive, polluting diesel generators. A key advantage: tidal power generation is reliable makes for stable local grids.
As all vulnerable electronic equipment is housed inside the unit. BlueTEC platform is a collaboration of several companies active in offshore oil and gas industry.
The platform is a development of the modular barge system developed by Damen Shipyards Group. Damen used 3 standard container-sized modules to construct the Texel platform.