Eaton Corp. to help develop tidal energy project for U.S. Navy

Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corp. (NYSE: ETN) said it would help to develop a utility-scale tidal energy system for the U.S. Navy.

Eaton is contracted to support the project’s land-based engineering and will develop high-voltage electrical distribution equipment to convert and transmit energy from the depths of the ocean to Navy shore facilities. The company is collaborating with Eclipse Group Inc., which will lead underwater construction efforts, and Triton Energy systems LLC, which will lead underwater generation engineering efforts.

The Eaton Electrical Service and Systems (EESS) division will provide land-based engineering service support as well as coordination of long-term operational land-based maintenance. The EESS division will also thoroughly document the project to create a model for future applications of this developing alternative energy model. Eaton will also dedicate a safety support team to accommodate all aspects of safety system engineering and installation.

The system will enable the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) to use underwater turbine electricity production technology to provide a sustainable source of utility-scale power by capturing power from ocean currents. NAVFAC is the U.S. Navy's engineering command committed to the procurement and maintenance of the Navy’s land-based and port facilities.

For the project, Eaton has been designated as an Eclipse qualified partner on a Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) SEAPORT-E five year contract with a possible capacity in excess of $19 billion.

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