Minesto commissions 100-kW Dragon 4 tidal kite in Faroe Islands

Scale model of the Dragon Class in offshore testing at Minesto's test facilities in Northern Ireland. Source: Minesto.

July 11 (Renewables Now) - Swedish marine energy developer Minesto AB (STO:MINEST) has successfully commissioned its first Dragon 4 tidal power unit in grid-connected operation in Vestmannasund, Faroe Islands, the company announced last week.

Minesto said in a statement that the commissioning results verify the commercial performance of the first kite-like plant from its Dragon Class product line, rated at 100 kW.

"We are very pleased to have completed the commissioning of Dragon 4 and that the electricity generation is fully in line with our predictions. We are now moving into operational mode and continuing to implement planned upgrades in parallel," commented Bernt Erik Westre, CTO of Minesto.

CEO Martin Edlund, in turn, noted that the company has secured the new Dragon class design for the larger 1.2-MW device, to be known as Dragon 12. That unit is currently being fabricated.

Meanwhile, Minesto is progressing work on the first full-scale tidal energy array in Hestfjord, Faroe Islands. Earlier this year, the company said it plans to build 120 MW of tidal arrays in the Faroe Islands.

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