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​Tocardo to retrieve floating tidal platform from EMEC

Tocardo Tidal Power plans to retrieve its Temporary Foundation System (TFS) floating tidal platform equipped with T2 tidal turbine from the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC).

Orkney-based marine services provider Leask Marine has been engaged to tow the TFS from EMEC’s Fall of Warness test site to Isbister Bay.

The device will be moored there until shore operations are ready for recovery, according to Leask Marine.

The temporary mooring is set to last from November 6 until December 31, 2017.

To remind, Tocardo signed up to demonstrate a 20 year pre-commercial array at EMEC’s Fall of Warness tidal energy test site in February 2016.

Tocardo plans to install eight T2 turbines across two Tocardo systems. The planned array at EMEC is the next step in Tocardo’s path towards commercializing their tidal turbine by proving and validating the technology in the volatile offshore environment in Orkney for an extended time period.

The first T2 turbine was installed at EMEC this March as part of a Temporary Foundation System (TFS).