The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) has announced it is to provide an independent performance assessment of Verdant Power’s 5th Generation (Gen5) tidal turbine system to be deployed for commercial demonstration in New York City’s East River in 2020.
The deployment will be conducted under Verdant Power’s Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy (RITE) Project and be comprised of three Gen5 turbines mounted on a Verdant Power TriFrame. Verdant Power secured $6 million in funding for the effort in late 2018, including support from the US Department of Energy and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
EMEC will aim to extend its ISO/IEC accreditation as a test laboratory to assess the performance of the three Gen5 turbines using international technical specifications and seek to become the first marine energy test laboratory to issue a report through the IECRE system.
By independently measuring the performance of Verdant’s system, EMEC said it will add credibility to operational results, and set a new standard for tidal energy technology developers to meet globally.
Image: Verdant Power installation of a tidal turbine at the RITE Project, East River, NYC. (Copyright Verdant Power)