SWEDEN — Ocean energy developer Minesto's utility-scale tidal powerplant Dragon 12 (rated at 1.2 MW) has been successfully commissioned, and it delivered its first electricity to the national grid in the Faroe Islands on Feb. 9.
The Dragon 12 is Minesto’s first tidal energy kite in megawatt-scale. It has generated electricity at satisfactory levels in its first phase of operation. The 12-m-wide and 28-ton heavy subsea kite, anchored with a tether to the seabed, is steered in an 8-shaped flight trajectory powered by the tidal flow.
Minesto says the Dragon 12 kite delivers competitive performance and cost-levels for build-out of large-scale commercial subsea parks of tidal powerplants.