Minesto installs Welsh buoy

MinestoMinesto has completed the installation of the micro grid system (MGS) buoy that will be used for the company’s first tidal energy installation in Holyhead Deep, Wales.

Moored to the seabed using three anchor lines, the offshore buoy designed for use in extreme sea conditions will provide data and communications with Minesto’s DG500 marine energy power plant and will also act as a floating micro grid system, facilitating grid compatibility testing by handling and analysing electricity generated by the DG500 device.

The MGS buoy has been designed and constructed by Malin Group in Glasgow and was towed down the River Clyde and the Irish Sea to Minesto’s Holyhead Deep site off the coast of North West Wales.

Earlier this month Minesto installed the bottom joint for the company's DG500 to the seabed. The bottom joint functions as a locking mechanism between the power plant's tether and the seabed foundation. It is also articulated in two axis, which enables the kite to fly its full pattern while being safely linked to the foundation.

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