Tidal generator connected to grid

A commercial-scale tidal generator was connected to the national grid for the first time on Thursday, it has emerged.

SeaGen have trialled a large-scale tidal generator off the coast of Northern Ireland

SeaGen have trialled a large-scale tidal generator off the coast of Northern Ireland

The trial of the device - a SeaGen turbine developed in Bristol by Marine Current Turbines (MCT) - took place at Stangford Lough in Northern Ireland, the Guardian reported.

With a potential to deliver 150kW of energy, engineers plan to produce double that amount from the SeaGen turbine by end of the summer.

However, when operating to full capacity, it is expected that the turbine will deliver 1,200kW of energy, which is enough to power 1,000 homes.

Speaking to the news provider, Martin Wright, managing director of MCT, remarked: "I hope it makes people believe that tidal power isn't 20 to 30 years away and a dream, but it is something that, if we get the right resources around it, could become a significant reality and contributor much quicker than that."

A feasibility study was launched recently to assess the possibility of creating an interconnected wind and wave energy grid for Scotland, Ireland and Northern Ireland.

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