Aberdeen-based energy consultancy Xodus Group has signed a memorandum of understanding with Atlantis Resources to pursue the development of a tidal energy plant in Japan.
Atlantis is the developer behind the MeyGen scheme, which is located in the Pentland Firth off Scotland’s northernmost coast and is currently the world’s largest tidal stream array at 6MW rated capacity. The project’s first phase was completed last month when its four tidal turbines entered their 25-year operation phase.
Xodus acted as the lead consultant in the environmental impact assessment for MeyGen. The two companies now hope to secure funding to establish a similar commercially-viable tidal energy demonstration project of three to eight turbines in Japan.
The companies visited the country earlier this year to meet with government departments, supply chain and utility companies to promote the collaboration and join the lobbying effort for the promotion of tidal energy as a credible future energy source.
“We have a long and trusted relationship with Atlantis from the early days of their turbine testing at the European Marine Energy Centre and through the MeyGen project and can rely on the experience of their team to understand the opportunities and challenges of developing a tidal project in Japan,” says Pete Tipler, principal consultant at Xodus Group.
“Together, we need to prove tidal energy as a competitive renewable energy source for the country.”