Rotterdam, 30 October 2014 – A group of leading offshore companies including Van Oord, Bluewater and Damen have joined together to realize a unique floating tidal energy platform which will be moored near Texel in the Wadden sea and generate clean electricity from the tides. The platform is a trial for remote locations worldwide, such as islands in Indonesia, Philippines or the Pacific. It is of an innovative modular design and uses a new type of permanent mooring lines. It will be the first time that a floating tidal platform is used for electricity production into the Dutch grid. It will be operational in the first half of 2015.
The Texel platform consists of container size modules, can be assembled locally and installed without sophisticated equipment. It holds a 200 KW turbine that can power local villages, cooling facilities and provide lighting at schools which will change local economies.
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