Clearwater Project Enables Tidal Stream Energy in Low Currents

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Clearwater project enables tidal stream energy in the Netherlands despite unfavourable conditions and so adds a valuable renewable energy source for delta’s across the world."

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The Clearwater Project will generate tidal stream energy from the Eastern Scheldt barrier using tidal stream turbines. Tidal stream energy is a highly sustainable and environmentally friendly form of renewable energy. Above all it is a proven technology, with several projects on the way around the world. The Clearwater Project is remarkable, because it will generate energy from lower tidal velocities and consistent currents, something that was not possible in an efficient and cost effective manner up until now. Normally, tidal turbines are applied in areas with strong tidal currents. The Clearwater Project combines Atlantis Resources Corporation’s leading technology with the specialised Dutch engineering skills, experience and know-how of Ballast Nedam, Delta Energy, IHC Merwede and Royal Haskoning. It is estimated that with the Consortium’s initiative, 50% of the total economically exploitable free stream energy in The Netherlands is secured. This breakthrough accomplishment also opens up the potential for tidal stream energy in Delta’s around the world with similar conditions, in particular where access to conventional energy is a problem.

This will be a tremendous achievement, given the fact that in the Netherlands, use of tidal and hydropower as an energy resource is effectively limited due to the typical riverine and tidal conditions commonly found in deltas. Deltas do however make up a significant part of the world’s free stream tidal resource and our success in The Netherlands to capture it on a sizeable scale efficiently and cost effectively means that tidal stream energy could also become available to many other deltas around the world.

The Clearwater initiative was proposed as a business case to Top Team Water, who in a bid to boost export of the Dutch Water Sector, invited the Netherlands’ leading industry members, research and government institutes to submit business cases that would strengthen the sector’s export base. Selected business cases were put forward to the Dutch Government’s Ministry of Economic Affairs (Minister Verhagen) for immediate implementation in the Netherlands on 17 June 2011, with the Top Team adding momentum and support in order to shape the right conditions for swift implementation. The Clearwater initiative is in line with the ambition of the Zeeland Province to become the Water Energy Valley.

Clearwater consortium is pleased that its business case is granted status of exemplary project and that the Top Team supports this project. A swift implementation is expected with the combined strength and commitment of the Consortium, Top Team Water and Government.

The Clearwater consortium consists of Zeeland’s utility company DELTA Energy, IHC Merwede, Ballast Nedam, Royal Haskoning and Atlantis Resources Corporation.
Topsector Water is one of the 9 Dutch industrial Topsectors, which will be supported by adequate industrial policy and instruments from the Dutch government. The overall objective is to establish a leading position in international markets, bases on a strong Dutch USP’s. A Top Team of industry leaders gave counsel to Minister Verhagen of Economic Affairs and Innovation.

Atlantis Resources Corporation is an international marine energy company with offices in London, Singapore and Sydney. Its latest turbine, the AK-1000TM, is being prepared for commercial deployment and will complement the company’s shallow-water NereusTM turbine and ducted SolonTM turbine. Together with its partners, Atlantis is developing some of the world’s first commercial scale tidal power generation sites, including the Pentland Firth, Scotland, the Gulfs of Khambhat and Kutch in Gujarat, India, and at the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy, Nova Scotia.

Ballast Nedam has a leading position in construction and infrastructure. The company operates mainly in the Netherlands on integrated and other projects for companies, public authorities and housing consumers, in the fields of mobility, housing, employment, leisure and energy. Ballast Nedam operates internationally in various areas of expertise. Ballast Nedam supplies project, process and contract management in the development, implementation and management phases. The company also provides specialized know-how and skills, and semi-finished and finished products. Ballast Nedam is listed on NYSE Euronext in Amsterdam. The share is included in the Amsterdam Small Cap Index.

DELTA N.V. is an independent Multi-utility provider. Its shares are held by 19 municipalities in Zeeland and Noord-Brabant, and by the Provinces of Zeeland, Brabant and South-Holland. DELTA employs some 3000 people. The company is active in the following areas: Energy, Water, Digital Services, Waste Management, Solar energy and Network Management.

IHC Merwede is focussed on the continuous development of design and construction activities for the specialist maritime sector. It is the global market leader for efficient dredging and mining vessels and equipment - with vast experience accumulated over decades - and a reliable supplier of custom-built ships and supplies for offshore construction. IHC Merwede has in-house expertise for engineering and manufacturing innovative vessels and advanced equipment, as well as providing life-cycle support. Its integrated systematic approach has helped to develop optimum product performance and long-term business partnerships. The company's broad customer base includes dredging operators, oil and gas corporations, offshore contractors and government authorities. Technological innovation will remain the company's underlying strength through its continuous investment in research and development. Moreover, it helps to safeguard a sustainable environment.

Royal Haskoning was founded in 1881 in the Netherlands, Royal Haskoning employs 3900 staff in 60 offices in 20 different countries. Royal Haskoning is a multidisciplinary firm that operates internationally. Consultants, architects and engineers advise on highly diverse projects in the fields of spatial development, infrastructure and transport, architecture, building, building services, industrial installations, project management, water and water management, environment, coastal and rivers, ports and maritime projects. Public and private sectors throughout the world rely on Royal Haskoning because of its knowledge and experience, combined with its focus on the sustainable interaction between people and their environment. Royal Haskoning is inspired by the Cradle to Cradle® philosophy.


The sender of this press release is Royal Haskoning. For more information please contact:
Margie Alders, Marketing & Communications, T. +31 (0)24 3284 393, E. m.alders(at)royalhaskoning(dot)com,
M. +31 (0)6 10922952
Mr. Michel van Heereveld, T. +31 24 3284 357, E. m.vanheereveld(at)royalhaskoning(dot)com


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