Power of Neptune brings light to The Deep
Tue, 24 April 2012
In a new advance for marine renewable energy, the Neptune Proteus tidal stream energy device will supply electricity from this month to The Deep, a visitor attraction and research centre in Hull UK.
The full scale demonstrator device is the result of five years’ work, and the developers, Neptune Renewable Energy Ltd, say the technology will provide a much more reliable and less intrusive source of clean electricity than wind turbines.
The recent successful deployment of the Neptune Proteus was followed by a commissioning period last month to prepare the device for supplying up to half the electricity required by the award winning attraction.
Designed by leading global architects Terry Farrell & Partners, The Deep is one of the most successful Millennium Commission projects in the UK and home to more than 3,500 fish, including sharks and rays, as well as housing world class marine research facilities.
Neptune Renewable Energy is the only tidal stream energy company to have developed commercially viable technology for shallow water estuarine locations, and its chairman, Nigel Petrie, says plans are now being finalised for arrays of devices to be deployed in the Humber within the next two years.
“The development of the Neptune Proteus has paved the way for the design of our production model, arrays of which will provide a dedicated supply of clean power to major industries located on the Humber estuary and other suitable British locations, he said.
“Supplying power to our first customer, The Deep, presents us with a great opportunity to raise the profile of our technology and of the potential for tidal stream power generation to make a significant contribution to meeting both commercial and domestic electricity demands.”
The Humber has been recognised as an ideal location for tidal stream energy generation due to its depth and tidal flow, and will continue to be a focus for R&D and investment. In UK terms, the government has acknowledged in a recent report that there is an abundance of resource in marine renewables, potentially enough to provide up to 20% of current electricity requirements.
The Neptune Proteus demonstrator is 20m long with a unique turbine designed to maximise the generation of electricity. Neptune Renewable Energy has focused on lowering capital and operational costs in order that their technology can be deployed on a large scale.
Neptune Renewable Energy is an advanced intellectual property company that was founded in 2005 to make tidal stream energy a commercial reality. It is working at the forefront of the industry and developing the sites and the technologies required to harness tidal stream energy for household and industrial demands. There is support from organisations including the Department for Energy and Climate Change and the Crown Estate.
The business is being developed to enable efficient utilisation of the technology on a European and global basis