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Atlantis and Dongfang set tests for first tidal turbine in China

Testing agreement with China’s Dongfang set as Atlantis AR1000 prepares to become BRIC country’s first commercial scale tidal stream turbine

Atlantis tidal turbine
Atlantis said it aims to perform tidal turbine tests before deploying the AR1000 in Zhejiang, China, later this year

Tidal power supplier Atlantis has set up a testing agreement with Dongfang ahead of its tidal stream turbine being deployed in China for the first time later this year. The agreement with Dongfang is to test Atlantis’s AR1000 turbine in China, which will be the first commercial scale tidal stream turbine deployed in the BRIC country.

Atlantis Resources, a global tidal turbine supplier with bases in the UK, has reached an agreement with Dongfang Electrical Machinery in Shanghai to test the turbine onshore in Hangzhou, China. Atlantis said the aim is to carry out the testing programme before deploying the 1MW tidal stream turbine at an offshore demonstration project in Zhejiang Province later this year.

The AR1000 turbine is expected to be a “key milestone” in the growth of the domestic tidal power sector, Atlantis said. The strategic tidal power agreement between Atlantis and Dongfang also includes provision of low-cost supply chain solutions for mass production of the group’s AR1500 turbine, as well as “cooperation to stimulate the tidal power market” in China. 

Atlantis said the company and Dongfang are also expanding their relationship and have executed a memorandum of understanding to appoint the company as a sales agent for Dongfang’s related products in markets outside China. This agreement will encompass Dongfang’s tidal range technology solutions.

The strategic relationship with Dongfang includes cooperation on supply chain solutions for the AR1500 turbine when it enters mass production. Atlantis said Dongfang’s capability in manufacturing permanent magnet generators, will be a “significant advantage” for the company as its AR1500 tidal turbine enters production.

Tim Cornelius, Atlantis chief executive, said: “This extension to our worldwide strategic partnership with Dongfang is significant for Atlantis given the potential size of the Chinese tidal power market.

“This further underlines Atlantis’s position as one of the leading players in the emerging global tidal power sector and allows Atlantis to make use of its global network to seek new sales opportunities in new markets,” he added.

The news from Atlantis and Dongfang follows other tidal power developments in China this year. This includes a GBP 20m innovation programme set up between the UK and China to develop offshore technologies, including wave and tidal energy devices.