Tidal power – an opportunity for the world
Oceans provide consistent, fast-moving currents that can now be used to produce power. Considering that sun downs at night and that wind does not always blow, marine energy offers a reliable complementary energy source that allows grid operators to count on a stable “base” energy.
Marine hydrokinetic energy has an acknowledged worldwide potential of 100 GW, including 3 to 6 GW for France. Tidal current speeds can reach or exceed 5 m/s in shallow waters near coastlines, making marine power farms easy to connect to the grid and cheaper to operate.
OceanQuest, a unique tidal turbine
OceanQuest was designed around HydroQuest’s proprietary turbine technology and inherits from over a decade of expertise gained in various deployments. OceanQuest proves reliable operations with the capability to harvest energy – together with tides – of heavy swell, even conditions where flow streams remain turbulent & with fluctuating directions.
The industrial partnership between HydroQuest and CMN:
- HydroQuest and Constructions Mécaniques de Normandie CMN, naval builder, have joined forces to deploy OceanQuest, winning the ADEME competition “Energies Renouvelables en Mer” (Marine renewable energies), providing HydroQuest with a strong production capability & expertise on the strategic site of Cherbourg – Raz Blanchard.
Illustration of modular concept on same site
Each hydrokinetic turbine unit can feature one or two levels, measuring up to 20 m in height.