Clean Current Generator ahieves 10 years of operational life

Clean Current Generator ahieves 10 years of operational life

By K.Steiner-Dicks on Apr 9, 2014

The company has completed accelerated life testing of its generator components in a salt water environment to validate its proprietary coating methodology.

This accelerated life testing programme has enabled Clean Current to selectively test and demonstrate the preferred technology for both river and tidal applications. The testing programme will be continued to further define the generator’s ultimate life characteristics, said the company.

In February Clean Current also celebrated a monumental moment. On behalf of the Government of Canada, Kelly Block, Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Joe Oliver, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources,unveiled a tidal turbine to stand in the Technology Park of the Canada Science and Technology Museum. The turbine was part of an SDTC-supported project that bolstered Canada's technological expertise in the field of renewable energy. The turbine was the world's first ducted free-stream tidal power project, a 65 kW turbine that was installed at an ecological reserve near Victoria, BC. The project enabled the marine park to convert tidal stream energy to electric power, reducing dependence on two diesel generators.

It was the first sustained field testing of a new electricity generating technology in Canada's harsh marine environment, and now stands in the Technology Park as an important artefact in Canada's effort to harness the power of the ocean to generate electricity and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.