Founded in 2000, Verdant Power develops systems that deliver clean power from tidal and river currents. Verdant Power’s 5th Generation (Gen5) tidal turbine system was deployed for commercial demonstration in New York City’s East River in October 2020. The deployment was conducted as part of Verdant Power’s Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy (RITE) Project, comprising three Gen5 turbines mounted on a Verdant Power TriFrame™. Verdant Power secured $6 million in funding for the effort in late 2018, including support from the US Department of Energy and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
Through 2019-21, EMEC worked closely with the Verdant Power team to deliver an independent performance assessment for the tidal energy array. EMEC assessed the performance of the three Gen5 turbines using international technical specifications, having been designated with Renewable Energy Testing Laboratory (RETL) status, the highest international designation for marine energy test laboratories, in August 2020. Verdant is the first technology to be assessed by EMEC as a RETL making this the first internationally-recognised Renewable Energy Test Report (RETR) for marine energy to go through the IECRE system.
By independently measuring the performance of Verdant’s system, EMEC will add credibility to operational results, and set a new standard for tidal energy technology developers to meet globally.
- May 2021: EMEC delivers world’s first internationally recognised Power Performance Assessment to Verdant Power
- December 2020: EMEC commence power performance assessment for Verdant Power, Inc
- October 2020: Three Verdant Power tidal turbines deployed in New York City’s East River
- August 2020: EMEC achieves world’s first ocean energy RETL designation
- August 2020: Verdant Power progresses toward an autumn installation of tidal energy turbines in New York City’s East River
- April 2019: EMEC to assess Verdant Power Tidal Turbine System in New York City’s East River