Minesto finalises offshore test programme of Welsh tidal energy project

The DG500 kite. Source: Minesto AB

November 9 (Renewables Now) - Swedish marine energy developer Minesto AB said today it has concluded the offshore commissioning and test programme of its first utility-scale tidal energy subsea kite deployed at the Holyhead Deep site off the coast of North Wales.

Minesto installed and commissioned the site infrastructure for the project in the spring of 2018 and then, in the summer, deployed the DG500 device itself, which generated first power in early October.

“Through the project installation, commissioning and operation activities of our DG500 device, we are pleased to successfully have verified the control system of our technology at a utility scale, and to have achieved electricity generation for the first time with a commercial-scale unit,” commented Martin Edlund, CEO of Minesto.

Minesto’s head noted that the company will resume offshore operations of the device in the second quarter of 2019 and, in the meantime, will use the winter period to focus on maintenance and power plant upgrades.

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