BRTP delays Triton deployment for 2018

BRTP’s Triton tidal energy platform (Image: Vimeo/Screenshot)

Black Rock Tidal Power (BRTP), a Schottel Hydro company, has once again pushed back the deployment of its Triton tidal energy platform in the Bay of Fundy for another year.

The decision to hold up the installation of semi-submersible Triton platform for another year was confirmed by BRTP’s spokesperson Donalee Multon.

The news comes amid the comprehensive design review of the platform which is expected to be completed by the end of this summer, as reported earlier on Tidal Energy Today.

The Triton platform was originally planned for deployment in the fall of 2016 at BRTP’s test berth, located at the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE) in Canada’s Bay of Fundy, but the deployment schedule was later delayed for this year.

BRTP was awarded the developmental feed-in tariff (FIT) and a 15-year power purchase agreement with Nova Scotia Power back in 2015 for the electricity that will be produced by its 2.5MW platform, featuring 40 Schottel Hydro’s SIT turbines.

The same year in October, BRTP secured C$15 million ($12 million) for the realization of the Bay of Fundy project.

The build contract for the platform was awarded to Aecon Atlantic Industrial in May 2016.

The platform has two spar buoys that provide buoyancy and house both electrical and mechanical equipment for the installation.

It is attached to a gravity base with a universal joint, allowing the array to align to the direction of the flow for greater energy extraction.

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