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Van Oord trials tidal energy platform

31 Oct 14 A group of offshore companies including Van Oord, Bluewater and Damen have joined together to develop a floating tidal energy platform to generate clean electricity from the tides.

The platform will be moored near Texel in the Wadden sea off the Netherlands and used as a trial for remote locations worldwide, such as islands in Indonesia, Philippines or the Pacific. It is of a 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 and will be operational in the first half of 2015.

The Texel platform consists of container size modules and has been designed to be assembled locally and installed without sophisticated equipment. It holds a 200KW turbine that can power local villages, cooling facilities and provide lighting at schools.

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