SeaGen decommissioned after successfully delivering 11.6GWh to the national grid.
In April, SIMEC Atlantis Energy Ltd announced the completion of SeaGen’s decommissioning and complete removal from Strangford Lough. Independent Composites was proud to manufacture the composite hydrodynamic fairings for the crossbeam element of this ground-breaking sub-surface tidal turbine. From commissioning in 2008, SeaGen generated 10MWh of electricity twice daily with the tides, and overall, generated a staggering 11.6GWh – which was enough to supply 1,500 average households for the eight years of operation.
SeaGen was a program of firsts: the first commercial size tidal turbine connected to the power grid, and now the first to be completely decommissioned and fully removed from the environment in which it was installed. As expected, our composite hydrodynamic fairings were maintenance free for the complete operational life of SeaGen and we consider them to have been a complete success.
The original SeaGen programme has fed into the next commercially available products from SIMEC Atlantis Energy: SeaGen-S/F & SeaGen-U.