Looking for a used or new machine tool?
1,000s to choose from
Mills CNC MPU 2021 XYZ Machine Tools MPU Hurco MPU Ceratizit MPU Bodor MPU

The online search from the pages of Machinery Market.

COLCHESTER Triumph VS2500 Centre Lathe
Drehlänge 1,250 mm 
turning diameter over bed 400 mm 
turning diameter over slide 246 mm 
Drehlänge 1,250 mm turning diameter over bed 400 mm turning diameter over slide 246 mm spindle...
Surplex GmbH

Be seen in all the right places!

Manufacturing Indonesia 2023 Steelfab 2024 Southern Manufacturing 2024 MMMA VILLAGE MACH 2024 MACH 2024

HydroWing unveils plans for its next-generation tidal energy project in Wales

Posted on 20 Nov 2023 and read 304 times
HydroWing unveils plans for its next-generation tidal energy project in Wales Tocardo Turbines

Cornwall-based HydroWing is gearing up for deployment of its next-generation tidal energy technology, following a recent announcement that HydroWing has been awarded a contract for a 10MW tidal stream energy project in Wales.

HydroWing was the largest tidal stream project in Wales to be successful in the UK Government’s latest Contracts for Difference round. The project will be located at the Morlais tidal energy site in Anglesey, which is managed by the social enterprise Menter Môn. The Morlais site is the UK’s largest consented tidal energy scheme.

Richard Parkinson, managing director of Inyanga Marine Energy Group, which is the parent company for HydroWing, said: “The Morlais project is a major milestone in our quest to become the largest provider of tidal energy arrays in the world.”

HydroWing is now starting intensive work on delivering the project, including engaging with local stakeholders and supply chain companies while also establishing a presence in Anglesey. A comprehensive research project has already been conducted in partnership with Bangor University to assess the velocity of local tide currents. The outputs from this have been very encouraging in informing expectations on the yield characteristics of the site.

Mr Parkinson continued: “This groundbreaking project will launch our innovative tidal stream technology at utility scale. Commercialisation of the tidal energy sector has so far been held back by high operations and maintenance costs. Our next-generation technology meets that challenge head on.”

Straightforward to deploy

HydroWing is designed to be a cost-effective and scalable solution to tidal stream energy generation. A supporting structure sits on the seabed, under its own weight. The ‘wings’ which hold the turbines are then lowered into position on this structure. This makes HydroWing very straightforward to deploy. The turbines are bi-directional, so they generate power as the tide comes in and as it goes out. These turbines are also cost-effective to produce at scale.

Mr Parkinson explained: “The HydroWing technology to be used for the Morlais project will incorporate the next-generation Tocardo T-3 turbines. We have been working on the development of a passive pitch mechanism which integrates with the Tocardo Bi-Blade system allowing the blade dimensions to be increased, while shedding pitch at higher loads. This is similar to an active pitching mechanism but without compromising the reliability for which the Tocardo Turbines are well known. This increases the yield by 50-60% and makes projects in lower flow locations more feasible and investible.

“HydroWing and QED Naval joined forces in 2020 to work together on Tocardo because we could see the huge potential of this turbine technology. The Tocardo T-3 turbines design builds on insights from the 1.25MW tidal energy demonstration array in Eastern Scheldt, which completed last month.

“The HydroWing team have scrutinised every aspect of our technology to ensure we have optimised each area in terms of cost reduction and improving efficiency so as to be able to deliver a truly commercially viable project at Morlais, with deployment in 2027.

“Tidal energy is a crucial part of the mix to help achieve ‘net zero’ targets. We believe that this tidal stream project will be a stepping stone towards lowering the costs for tidal energy and that our innovative HydroWing technology will help unlock the commercial viability of tidal energy around the world.”