DesignPro Renewables pilot programme proves that through successful partnerships & collaboration with industry leaders such as SEENOH, Leask, Mitsubishi we can make clean predictable energy accessible and realize the potential of rivers & estuaries. Our thanks as always to the H2020 and the Bluegift Programme for supporting breakthrough innovation projects with market creating potential. For 2021, we intend to harness the positive and renew the negative – continuing our strategy to positively evolve by building on invaluable tested learnings.
Paul Collins – DesignPro Renewables Managing Director (February 2021)
The ambitious project with chosen subcontractor SEENEOH began over 3.5 years ago at their test site in Bordeaux, France. In the challenging environment of Garonne River, in the heart of Bordeaux is where the 25kW hydrokinetic turbine has been located for the duration of the pilot programme. It has been a hugely successful partnership & collaboration – which tested essential factors and provides guidance with the criterial stages of development.
The testing phase examined factors from:
- Wear & tear
- Environmental impact
- Certified power curve generation
“The DP25 demonstrator test campaign was extremely dense in terms of the knowledge acquired for both DesignPro and SEENEOH, which notably designed and manufactured the platform and anchoring system. The Garonne is a difficult environment that the teams were able to grasp in order to extract a maximum amount of information on the durability of the equipment and its operational functioning. The Franco-Irish collaboration was very fruitful and the exchanges between the two teams were always very much appreciated. We wish DesignPro the best of luck in their continued development and we hope to welcome them back to Bordeaux!”