Approval has been granted for the construction of a grid-connected tidal energy development off the Isle of Wight coast.
The Perpetuus Tidal Energy Centre (PTEC) has been given the go-ahead by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO). It will be the largest tidal stream energy project in England and Wales so far. To get approved, it had to reduce the proposed height of the surface piercing superstructures for tidal energy converters from 18 metres to 9 metres above lowest astronomical tide. Permission for the onshore elements of the 30MW project was given in September last year.
The project will use tidal turbine technology in a five square kilometre area off the southernmost tip of the island. It will be operated as a joint venture between Perpetuus Energy and the Isle of Wight Council. Construction will start next year and it is hoped to be up and running by late 2018.
Ptec tidal image
Source: Perpetuus Tidal Energy
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.
“We now look forward to working with the MMO, local planning authority and all relevant stakeholders in completing the final development phase before we begin construction.”