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Tidal stream turbine

A turbine which is harnessing the tidal current energy

June 2018
January 2023
Gallery Tidal stream turbine 1
Gallery Tidal stream turbine 1


Tidal turbines harness the energy of marine currents, created by the gravitational attraction of the moon and the sun, which induces several significant advantages such as: - unlimited and everlasting source of clean power; - reliable and predictable resource, allowing a precise estimation of available energy; - a worldwide distribution of the resource close to the shorelines. Prior to deploying the technology as part of large tidal commercial ranges, SABELLA promotes a short-term strategy to address current challenges faced by remote off-grid communities. This model is tailored for off-grid islands with fossil-based energy and is named the “Fuel Free Islands” model. By coupling multi-source renewable energy mix, like wind or solar, backed up with an energy storage system; this model is 5 to 10 times more competitive than fuel-based models. SABELLA promotes and spreads a new viable carbon-free and sustainable energy model.

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Label Date January 24, 2023
From France
Maturity stage Prototype testing in the real world
Looking For Network, Visibility, Funding, Partners

The environmental benefits

  • Tidal turbine electricity production, based on marine tides exploitation, is predictable and can be forecasted up to 20 years and more
  • Tidal turbine production associated with energy storage can provide more than 90% of electricity needs for non-interconnected networks
  • Compared to the usual fuel power plant, tidal energy reduces the emissions of CO2 by 86%

The Financial benefits

  • The simplicity, reliability and ruggedness of the turbine allows to reduce both OPEX and CAPEX
  • For remote communities, relative to a 1.5MW wind hybrid system (wind turbine+ storage energy system), a 1.5MW tidal hybrid system saves £6.4 m on oil expenditure over the 25 year life of the project

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Company Profile


SABELLA's mission is to design & implement systems to power coastal areas and produce green hydrogen–using tidal energy

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Headquarters 29000 Quimper, France

Networking Partner


ADEME - The French Agency for Ecological Transition- is a public agency under the joint authority of the Ministry for an Ecological Transition and the Ministry for Higher Education, Research and Innovation.

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