02 Sep '11, 1am

World's largest tidal array coasts closer to reality via @businessgreen

Construction of the world's largest tidal array remains on course after the first of four 16 metre turbines set to be deployed off the French coast was towed out to sea for testing. The OpenHydro -designed device will be put through its paces for two months in 35 metre deep water off the island of Bréhat, near Paimpol in Côtes-d'Armor, Brittany. FURTHER READING Atlantis flicks switch on giant 1MW tidal turbine French investment set to flow into OpenHydro Three more turbines will be added by 2012 to create France's first offshore tidal installation and, according to project developers EDF, the world's first grid-connected tidal energy farm. The French utility initiated the €40m (£35m) Paimpol-Bréhat project in 2004, but work did not begin until 2008. When complete, the 2MW array will supply enough electricity to the French grid to power 4,000 homes, Openhydro said in a stat...

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