The tidal energy market is developing fast and the worldwide potential for this type of sustainable, reliable and predictable power is an interesting opportunity for investors, project developers and the energy sector. The market is ready for commercial rollout and is therefore looking for proven solutions for multi-megawatt array installation.
This ‘megawatt’ driven market has traditionally lead to mega solutions: large machines, heavy shipping equipment, complex maintenance and expensive foundations. Big machines for big power, you could say. This creates high costs for shipping, adjusting to site specifics and makes maintenance expensive. At Tocardo we see things differently for these offshore tidal energy solutions. We believe that mega solutions do not need to come with a mega price tag.
Instead of creating a mega solution, we simply developed four compact 250 kW machines that generate as a combination, one megawatt. This has many remarkable advantages over the larger, more traditional machines. Based on our proven T2 turbine and long term experience in offshore, we have developed the Universal Foundation System (UFS) – one machine to fit many different sites. This standardization and site adaptability, ensure that costs can be kept low and the product can be installed worldwide. It can be manufactured at local shipyards, enabling a boost to local economies and employment. It also makes a more cost effective approach for shipping, mooring and maintenance possible. These factors lead to a far more interesting business case and an attractive ROI to the investor. The UFS: mega power generated by a smart solution.
As a Dutch company, tidal energy fits us very well. Tocardo has a wealth of experience in creating standard solutions, based on a long history in offshore, engineering and renewable energy sectors. We develop leading tidal power solutions. Our philosophy is based on a typical Dutch ‘act and do’ strategy: developing standard products by continuously, step by step testing and improving solutions. Therefore, costs are low and long term, cost effective results are high. In the developing market of tidal power we can match each site specifics and upscale easily. Based in The Netherlands, next to the historic ‘Afsluitdijk’, the typical Dutch water challenge is inspiring us every day. With the new UFS solution we are able to match the market for MW tidal power and roll out worldwide, delivering a commercial business case.