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Tidal energy firm's Scottish test plans

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Tidal energy firm Tocardo has revealed plans to install eight turbines in Scottish waters.

The Dutch company signed a deal to demonstrate its pre-commercial array at the European Marine Energy Centre’s grid-connected test site near Orkney.

Following an experiment in the Netherlands, Tocardo hopes the Scottish test will boost plans to roll its T2 turbines out commercially. Installation near Orkney is scheduled to begin in 2017.

Chief executive Hans van Breugel said: “With multiple turbines operational in low, moderate and extreme high tidal flows we now feel comfortable to go offshore.

“Tocardo is pleased to be back in Scotland and looking forward for a long and lasting partnership with the European Marine Energy Centre.”

The drive to create a network of tidal energy power stations across the UK and abroad was boosted this month by £10M-plus from the Indian family behind energy giant Simec.

But excitement was dampened shortly afterwards when UK ministers announced a review of the future role of tidal lagoons.

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