Isle of Wight Tidal Energy Farm Given Approval
Posted on: 22/04/2016

Perpetuss Tidal Energy Centre (PTEC) has been given approval from the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) to construct a grid-connected tidal energy development off the coast of the Isle of Wight. It will see up to 60 seabed turbines constructed off St Catherine’s Point, with up to 30 structures protruding about 9m (29.5ft) above sea level at the lowest tide.

However, PTEC had to reduce the proposed height of the tidal energy converters from 18m to 9m in order to get approval. Using tidal turbine technology in a 5 square kilometre area, it will be operated as a joint venture between Perpetuus Energy and the Isle of Wight Council.

Project director Mark Francis said: “We started work on the PTEC project back in 2010 and secured the seabed Agreement for Lease in November 2012. Following a rigorous development and consenting phase, we have created a project that will deliver reliable power to the UK’s grid and has attracted world leading turbine manufacturers to partner with us in its implementation.

Permission for the onshore elements of the 30MW project was given in September last year. PTEC has said they hope to commence building in 2017, and the turbines, which could be running by late 2017, could generate electricity to power 15,000 homes.

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