Minesto unveils upgrade to tidal energy tech design

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

September 21 (Renewables Now) - Swedish marine energy developer Minesto AB (FRA:7MN) on Monday introduced the Dragon Class -- an upgraded design of its Deep Green tidal power generating technology that will be featured in all of the company’s ongoing projects.

The improved technology will be utilised in different sizes and rated power tailored for maximum yield based on site conditions, including water flow rate and depth, the company explained.

"The Dragon Class design results in significantly higher power production performance and by reducing the number of components we also decrease costs for manufacturing and assembly. In addition, it simplifies handling during installation and maintenance, which is crucial when we now scale up the technology to megawatt-sized power plants for commercial installations,” commented chief executive Martin Edlund.

The CEO noted that the company is currently in the procurement and manufacturing phase for five Dragon Class power plants for utility-scale, amounting to 1.2 MW, and smaller microgrid installations. “These will be delivered and installed in our current projects in France, Wales, and the Faroe Islands,” he added.

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