HydroWing Ltd is teaming with the multi-purpose installation vessel Inyanga Entsha to deploy a system of large, commercially-viable tidal energy arrays.
One of the major issues preventing the commercialisation of tidal energy is high installation costs and, more significantly, high operations and maintenance costs.
Penryn-based HydroWing looks to address this with a low weight, modular solution. It says the installation, operations and maintenance costs at scale are significantly less than offshore wind in terms of installation cost/MW installed. The Inyanga Entsha can install and maintain 100MW capacity per year.
Entsha is currently enroute to the UK where she will complete her conversion adding a subsea crane, mezzanine deck and intelligent LARS (Launch and Recovery System).
HydroWing MD, Richard Parkinson, said: “The arrival of the Inyanga Entsha greatly enhances our technology and our capability, allowing us to provide a full Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) solution to develop, install and operate commercially viable tidal energy arrays in partnership with our strategic partners and investors.”