Thames Tidal plans to install a turbine near the HQS Wellington, a Royal Navy warship, as part of a pilot project to develop a 50MW tidal farm along the Thames River in the UK.

The company has obtained approval from the project’s stakeholder, Port Of London Authority, to conduct a two month trial.

The trials will confirm the proof of concept and will help in planning measures to mitigate any environmental risks including impact on existing river users in future.

Nautricity’s CoRMaT, contra-rotating turbines will be deployed in arrays along the river in a phase wise manner along the river from Westminster to Margate, subject to planning consent and availability of sites.

Once completed the tidal farm will be capable of generating energy sufficient to power 35,000 homes.

The CoRMaT device is a small capsule, fixed to a sub-surface float allowing the device to operate in a very wide range of water depths.

Thames Tidal is a joint venture of Nautricity a tidal technology developer and cp, a global developer and financier of energy projects.