Tocardo is a Dutch company focusing on the development of tidal turbines.
In 2015, Tocardo installed three linked turbines in the Afsluitdijk, a 30 km long primary sea defence in The Netherlands, with a total capacity of 300 kW. Another Tocardo turbine in the Afsluitdijk has been providing electricity for over seven years. Together with Bluewater and a group of leading offshore companies, Tocardo has also deployed its first offshore floating tidal energy project at the Island of Texel in The Netherlands.
Further still, together with Huisman, builder and designer of the turbine’s support structure, Tocardo have installed five tidal turbines in the Eastern Scheldt storm surge barrier (Oosterschelde barrier): the world’s largest tidal installation consisting of five turbines in an array.
In February 2016, Tocardo signed up to demonstrate a 20 year pre-commercial array at EMEC’s Fall of Warness tidal energy test site. Tocardo plans to install eight T2 turbines across two Tocardo systems, with installation scheduled to begin in 2017. The planned array at EMEC is the next step in Tocardo’s path towards commercialising their tidal turbine by proving and validating the technology in the volatile offshore environment in Orkney for an extended time period.
- March 2017: EMEC tidal site activity ramping up
- February 2017: Orkney – buzzing with marine energy development
- February 2017: Tocardo getting InToTidal in Orkney
- December 2016: €5.6m MET-CERTIFIED project launched
- June 2016: €3.9m innovation funding for tidal energy in Orkney
- February 2016: Tocardo sign up to test 20-year T2 tidal array at EMEC