EDF, DCNS Chosen by French Government to Test Tidal Generation

The French government chose DCNS SA and EDF Energies Nouvelles SA to test tidal energy generation off the Normandy coast after calling for interested parties.

DCNS, which owns a majority stake in OpenHydro Group Ltd., and EDF will install seven turbines, each with 2 megawatts, that are expected to be connected to the grid in 2018, the companies said today in a joint statement. The project will produce enough electricity to power about 13,000 homes.

The two have worked together on tidal energy since 2009. The project will allow OpenHydro to respond to future calls for tenders for tidal turbine arrays in France and elsewhere, Chairman Thierry Kalanquin said in the e-mailed statement.

OpenHydro and EDF said in July they planned to connect two turbines to the grid from 2015 to test long-term reliability of the technology. The project, again off the coast of Brittany, follows testing of one of OpenHydro’s turbines with EDF at the same site between December 2013 and April 2014.

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