Composite manufacturing firm Hall Spars & Rigging, a provider of spars, rigging and complex composite components for yachts, is manufacturing the turbine components for the United States' first commercial, grid-connected tidal energy project.
Maine-based Ocean Renewable Power Co. is the project's developer, owner and operator, and it developed the proprietary technology used, according to a statement.
Hall Spars & Rigging manufactures turbines for Ocean Renewable Power’s TidGen turbine generator unit, which is the core component or “engine” for ORPC’s hydrokinetic device that captures the energy of moving water without using dams or barriers.
The first unit, which featured four Hall Spars & Rigging turbines, was installed at a project site in Cobscook, Maine, last week.
“We have no doubt that these turbines will stand up to the challenges of long-term deployment in the Bay of Fundy region,” Ocean Renewable Power president and CEO Chris Sauer said in a statement.
Hall Spars built Ocean Renewable Power’s turbines with carbon fiber-reinforced composites, which the company said is an ideal material for the loads the turbines will encounter and the marine environment in which they will operate.