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Minesto takes steps towards worlds first ocean current electricity generation
 

Swedish marine energy developer Minesto intensifies activities in Taiwan to establish the company's unique Deep Green technology in the Asian market. Local staff have been recruited to a newly established subsidiary to run the development of a tidal stream site in Keelung together with the National Taiwan Ocean University. A natural next step is to deploy Deep Green in the Kuroshio current, which could see the world's first electricity generated from ocean currents.

Minesto has recruited a Taiwanese site developer as project manager to the newly established subsidiary Minesto Taiwan Ltd. The local presence allows Minesto to pursue activities within the Asian market with higher intensity than before, says Dr Martin Edlund, CEO of Minesto:

“We strengthen the business development organisation and intensify our operations in Taiwan. The installation project to demonstrate the Deep Green technology in tidal streams at Keelung Island is already running and we aim to complete this in 2018. We have also identified and analysed a site in the Kuroshio current. A natural next step is to install our devices there, which could see the world's first electricity generated from ocean currents.”

According to Minesto's assessment, Deep Green is the only verified technology to cost effectively generate electricity from ocean currents, which often are characterised by low-flow stream velocities. By unlocking this untapped natural resource, Minesto's technology can provide communities and businesses around the world with renewable base load power – predictable, continuous production of green electricity at a competitive cost.

Consolidates Asian rollout

The establishment in Taiwan also consolidates a commercial expansion rollout throughout Asia, by both small-scale autonomously operated Deep Green systems and utility-scale arrays in ocean currents.

"We intend to expand the Deep Green product range with a smaller scale system, giving us an additional commercial product to cost-effectively open new markets and business opportunities, not least those in Asia. In Southeast Asia alone, 65 million people live without electricity and many millions more live with unreliable supply, making them dependent on expensive diesel-generated electricity. Marine energy has the potential to meet a substantial share of the need for reliable and clean electricity supply in this part of the world”, says Martin Edlund.

 

 
 
 
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