A tidal energy generator off the coast of Northern Ireland has been hailed as the first in the world to produce more than 3 GWh of electricity, marking a major milestone for the UK's fledgling marine energy sector.
Bristol-based Marine Current Turbines (MCT) yesterday confirmed that its 1.2 MW SeaGen device had produced more than 3GWh of electricity, since it was first deployed for testing four years ago.
The test installation has the capability to deliver about 10 MWh per tide, which adds up to 6,000 MWh (6 GWh) per year. This is approximately the rate of energy capture that a wind turbine of about 2.4MW rated capacity can typically produce.
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