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Tidal energy kite Dragon 12 has delivered its first electricity to the national grid of the Faroes, ocean energy developer Minesto was reported as saying recently in local.fo, online news from the Faroes.

Minesto is a marine energy technology developer, founded in 2007 as a spin-off from Swedish aerospace manufacturer Saab. Since then, Minesto has successfully developed its unique ocean energy technology.

The company has operations in Sweden, Wales, Northern Ireland and Taiwan, as well as the  the Faroe Islands, with its headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden. 

“A key milestone has been reached,” the firm stated. “The utility-scale tidal power plant Dragon 12—rated at 1.2 megawatts—has been successfully commissioned and, in the early morning of February 9, delivered its first electricity to the national grid in the Faroe Islands.”

The 12-meter wide and 28-ton heavy subsea kite, anchored with a tether to the seabed, is steered in an 8-shaped flight trajectory that is powered by the tidal flow.

“This is a big day for Minesto,” said CEO Dr. Martin Edlund. “We have reached the most significant milestone in the history of the company by producing electricity to the grid with our megawatt scale power plant. We are both proud and happy and more than ever look forward to the journey ahead.”

“What the Minesto team has achieved today is extraordinary and sets a new agenda for renewable energy build-out in many areas of the world,”  the CEO was further quoted as saying.

“The competitiveness of the Dragon 12 is straight to the point; it’s powerful, cost-effective and feeds predictable electricity to the grid.”