Representatives of OpenHydro, an Irish subsidiary of the French company DCNS, recently visited Everett to continue exploring the potential to install tidal turbines in the Admiralty Inlet of Puget Sound. Since its founding in 2011, OpenHydro has been a leader in development of tidal turbine development. The company has installed turbines off the coasts of France, Scotland, and Nova Scotia, Canada. OpenHydro sees the Puget Sound as a potentially great site for its tidal power generating technology.
The visit by company representatives was not the first time the company has shown interest in Puget Sound. Snohomish PUD and OpenHydro have been discussing the possibility of installing tidal turbines in Puget Sound over the course of several years. Snohomish County’s high tech manufacturing sector makes Puget Sound an attractive location because OpenHydro manufactures its turbines as close to the installation sites as possible. On Snohomish PUD’s side, the installation is appealing in part of because of their commitment to using clean energy; when the turbines are installed, at peak output they will generate enough electricity to power 450 homes.
For more information about OpenHydro’s connection to Puget Sound read this article.