Thursday, 4 October 2012

Tidal power testing centre for Top End
1 Oct 2012

In the Northern Territory, Power and Water Corporation and Tenax Energy have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a 2 MW tidal power plant and tidal power testing centre. Tenax Energy holds a licence to occupy 16.8 km² in the Clarence Strait, located north of Darwin, for the development of a commercial-scale tidal power power plant.

Following successful development of the 2 MW pilot plant, it is envisaged that the plant will then move towards a 10 MW pilot array (multiple devices) test followed by the development of a generation facility. The project is expected to be generating electricity by 2015, and could reach commercial scale before the end of the decade, according to the project developers.