Limerick based company DesignPro are hosting a community information and engagement night for the proposed temporary deployment and testing of a 60kW hydrokinetic turbine in the Shannon Estuary on Tuesday March 13th at 8pm in Kildysart Community Centre.

DesignPro Automation is proposing to test a 60kW hydrokinetic turbine close to Canon Island on the Shannon Estuary as part of a European Union funded Horizon 2020 project. The proposed deployment is planned to run from September 2018 for a period of 12 months.

In 2017, Rathkeale based DesignPro Automation were awarded €2.7 million of EU Horizon 2020 Phase 2 funding to develop and commercialise a 25kW and 60kW river turbines. As part of this project the company is required to test their tidal devices in realistic environmental conditions. DesignPro has secured a test site in France for their 25kW device and are now looking to test their 60kW device closer to home in the Shannon Estuary.

The company is hoping that the successful testing of the device will help place the Shannon region to the forefront of the marine renewable energy sector and will be highly beneficial to the local economy.

All members of the public are invited to attend the information night and questions are encouraged.

Source: Limerick Post

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