France’s support for a pilot 5.6-MW tidal energy project by energy group Engie (EPA:ENGI) is in line with the European Commission’s guidelines, the latter said today.
The NEPTHYD (Normandie Energie PiloTe HYDrolien) project involves the installation of four 1.4-MW tidal turbines at Raz Blanchard, or Alderney Race. The turbines will have innovative features such as rotating nacelles, variable pitch blades and submerged power electronics, that are expected to enhance tidal farm performance.
A subsidiary of Engie won a tender by France’s Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) to build and operate the facility for 20 years. It will receive a direct grant and repayable advances, reimbursable if the technology proves successful. The produced power will be sold under a feed-in tariff (FiT).
The European Commission said the project supports market entry of a novel green energy technology, with aid to be limited to the cost of producing power from such an installation. “This will ensure that the operator is not overcompensated.”