Atlantis to deliver flagship turbines on schedule for pioneering Pentland Firth tidal power development


Atlantis Lockheed Martin tidal turbine
Atlantis Lockheed Martin tidal turbine

The first of the new Atlantis 1.5 megawatt flagship AR1500 tidal turbine systems is on track to be delivered to the MeyGen project in the Pentland Firth in Q1 2016.

With the design nearing completion Atlantis is now in final negotiations with various suppliers to provide the major elements of the turbine. Much of the turbine will be procured in Scotland and the turbine is also due to be assembled at a location in Scotland.

The AR1500 project combines 10 years of research and development at Atlantis with the engineering experience of Lockheed Martin Corporation, one of the world’s largest and most sophisticated global systems integrators.

The design intent of the AR1500 is simple; the delivery of the lowest cost of energy through military specification reliability and intelligent simplicity.

The AR1500 is an active pitch, full yaw, horizontal axis tidal turbine with a rated power output of 1.5 megawatts achieved at flow rates of three meters per second.

Lockheed were engaged by Atlantis to compete the detailed design of this turbine, which has been undertaken by Ocean Energy, a division of Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training (MST) which provides systems engineering, software development, complex program management, supply chain solutions and logistics, and training and simulation technologies for global security, civil and commercial markets.

The successful execution of the AR1500 design programme during 2014, aligned to a manufacturing strategy making use of modularised OEM components, means that the ordering of long lead time items has now commenced in January 2015.

Dave Rigg, the project director at Atlantis entrusted with the delivery of AR1500 turbine systems to the MeyGen project, which is building the tidal generator in the Pentland Firth – said that “the AR1500 manufacturing strategy is another key enabler to the design intent. He added:

“Each of the key system modules has been designed to allow for manufacture at separate locations facilitating greater supply chain flexibility, less complex assembly and more efficient sub-systems testing.

“For example, the front section of the nacelle (Module 1) will be procured, assembled and tested by a single supplier before being delivered to a central assembly facility.

“This facility will receive and assemble all of the various turbine modules, which will all have undergone their own testing at their respective factories.

“As the systems integrator, Lockheed will be responsible for managing the assembly, testing and commissioning of the world’s most advanced tidal power generation system, the AR1500”.

Drew Blaxland, Chief Techonology Officer, Atlantis Resources, added: Our partnership with Lockheed Martin is testament to our commitment to excellence.

“Lockheed won the engineering contract for the design of the AR1500 in 2013 and having just completed a crucial design stage, will complete final production engineering in Q1 this year, meaning we are well on target for delivery of the first AR1500 to the MeyGen project on time.

“I expect to unveil the first AR1500 wave turbine at the end of this year prior to hand over to the MeyGen Project.

“Both the Lockheed Martin and Atlantis Technology team members deserve high praise for leaving no stone unturned throughout this process. In my opinion, we have now developed a product offering that is second to none in the fully submerged tidal power sector.”

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