MCT secures funds to enhance SeaGen

Marine Current Turbines (MCT) has secured £2.7m in funding from the Carbon Trust’s Marine Renew ables Proving Fund (MRPF) to support the enhancement of SeaGen, a megawatt-scale grid-connected tidal current energy system.

’The Carbon Trust funding will be used to assess SeaGen’s operation, our engineering processes, construction and installation techniques and assist us in reviewing and evaluating a range of other important issues,’ said Martin Wright, managing director of MCT.

MCT aims to deploy its first tidal farm in UK waters during 2012. The company has partnered with RWE npower renewables to develop a 10MW tidal farm off Anglesey and in Canada is working with Minas Bay Pulp and Paper to deploy a single SeaGen device in the Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia, during 2011.

The company installed the world’s first offshore tidal turbine near Lynmouth off the coast of Devon in May 2003 and completed installation and commissioning of the 1.2MW SeaGen system in Strangford Narrows, Northern Ireland, in 2008.