20 October 2008 – EDF has appointed OpenHydro Group Limited of Ireland to build the first underwater tidal turbines as part of the French energy giant’s pilot project to build a tidal turbine farm to generate electricity from tidal energy.
The OpenHydro partnership concerns the installation of four to ten tidal turbines with a total capacity of between 2-4 MW at Paimpol-Bréhat (Côtes d’Armor), France.
The turbines will be connected to the electricity grid from 2011 onwards.
The test unit at Paimpol-Bréhat will enable the technology to be tested in real-life conditions and allow its impact on the marine environment to be assessed in detail during various studies.
The Paimpol-Bréhat region, which has some of the most powerful tidal currents in France, could in future accommodate other test technologies piloted by EDF.