China - Work to install a tidal turbine in waters off China has been completed, despite the coronavirus pandemic

A tidal stream turbine has been installed off the Chinese coast, with work on the project taking place against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic.

The 500-kilowatt tidal stream turbine, which has a rotor diameter of 18 meters, was installed in the past week in the Zhoushan archipelago off China’s east coast.

Tidal energy is the exploitation of the “the natural ebb and flow of coastal tidal waters,” according to the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney. A number of technologies can be used to convert these tides into power, including tidal stream turbines. In simple terms, they could be described as resembling underwater wind turbines.

SIMEC Atlantis Energy (Atlantis), through a partnership with ITPEnergised, worked on the scheme in China with The China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) and China Three Gorges.

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