Bluewater’s Tidal Energy Converter (BlueTEC) is an open-architecture floating support platform suitable for tidal turbines. Unlike conventional bottom founded designs, BlueTEC offers significant advantages by accommodating most of the critical equipment above the waterline, where it is dry and protected, allowing for easy access for inspection and repair.
Bluewater developed BlueTEC during several years of R&D and testing. The main focus during the development process was on:
- low manufacturing and marine installation costs (low CAPEX);
- low maintenance costs by providing easy access for minor inspections and repairs; the cost of access typically consumes up to 80% of operating costs of other solutions in the industry (low OPEX);
- higher energy output compared to other devices.
Providing more energy at a lower cost, BlueTEC aims to improve the cost per MWh of the electricity produced (€/MWh). Lower costs and higher production levels combine into a powerful proposition that will help to make tidal energy projects commercially attractive.