UK tidal energy firm Inyanga-Tech has launched a new project called HydroWing.
HydroWing is the company’s patent-pending tidal energy technology and managing director Richard Parkinson said the focus of the project “is on developing a full array balance of plant solution”.
“To achieve commercial viability, tidal energy needs to be at the correct scale and needs to address fundamental issues that have delayed the industrialisation of the sector. These include high operations and maintenance costs, expensive logistics, limited accessibility/tidal windows, high vessel costs, high mobilisation/demobilisation costs as well as the complexity and cost of the turbines.
“The HydroWing technology greatly reduces the dependency on offshore construction vessels during the construction phases and eliminates the need for these vessels during the O&M phase.”
He said this is achieved “through focus on weight reduction and modularisation using tried and tested subsea construction methods. This also makes the technology more viable for remote areas where specialised vessels are not available.”
Inyanga-Tech, which is based in Cornwall in England, received grant support for the project from Marine-I, which is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and aims to boost the marine technology sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
It has also received support from the University of Exeter, which is undertaking research looking at the technology’s operations, maintenance and reliability.
Prof Lars Johanning of the university said the project “is right at the cutting edge of innovation in tidal energy technology. Our research work will help build the business case and accelerate commercialisation of the technology.”
Parkinson said the project “is the realisation of years of experience within our team to develop a collaborative solution to commercial exploitation of tidal energy. We aim to rapidly develop the technology towards a first demonstrator deployment in 2020.”
He said the company was investigating several site options in collaboration with industrial partners.
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