Opened in Norway’s largest plant for the exploitation of marine currents

It was opened in Norway, the floating unit Morild II, made in two years of work by the Norwegian Hydra Tidal energy could be extracted from marine currents.

The unit is equipped with 4 underwater turbines of 23 meters in diameter (very similar to wind turbines) for a total power of 1.5 MW. It was placed in the waters of the Lofoten islands, along the northwestern coast of Norway, and is the largest in the world for the exploitation of marine currents. "The other systems of this kind – said Eivind Nydal, CEO of Hydra Tidal – turbines that have come up to 18 meters in diameter and 1 MW of power."

Another unique feature: it is the only plant in the world ocean with turbine blades made of wood.

The turbines are attached to a floating structure under the water (with a column emerged within which are located on the premises and service facilities), but can be deployed at different depths in order to make the best use of the ocean currents.

Morild II is designed to simplify as much as possible the maintenance, drastically reducing the need for physical inspections. Not only do most of the normal routine and control is handled remotely, but also in case of intervention on the turbines, they can be individually brought to the surface without disrupting the work of others.

With the inauguration ceremony was also celebrated the provision of electricity in Norway. The first two years of activities will be considered experimental, to test the technology and evaluate the results.