Edinburgh-based developer to export Scottish tidal energy generator to Singapore after completing marine performance tests off Oban

The Sustainable Marine Energy tidal turbine is anchored off Oban.
The Sustainable Marine Energy tidal turbine is anchored off Oban.

Edinburgh-based tidal energy technology developer Sustainable Marine Energy has completed the installation of its PLAT-I tidal energy system at Connel, near Oban.

PLAT-I is a 280kW multiple turbine floating tidal energy comprising four German-built marine turbines for electricity generation.

It has been designed for inshore tidal sites to provide power at a community scale which ‘proves’ that tidal energy is a viable clean energy alternative for coastal and island off-takers with limited infrastructure.

Within 48 hours of installation, Sustainable Marine Energy had completed the first phase of commissioning the system. This included first power generation and preparation for the large spring tides during the first week of December.

Over the course of the subsequent spring tide the system performed well being operated autonomously through its platform control system. All four turbines reached rated power and proved their performance characteristics.

PLAT-I was fabricated by JBS Group in Peterhead between July and October. London Marine Consultants provided the detailed design of the mooring turret and connection system.

The system was assembled and launched at Dunstaffnage Marina over a period of four weeks using a standard construction industry mobile crane.

Following conclusion of testing at Connel in Scotland, PLAT-I will be transported to Asia, where it will be delivered to Singapore-based Envirotek Ltd as part of a grid-connected first commercial demonstrator array project in the Philippines.

Jason Hayman, Managing Director of SME, commented: “As a team we have taken PLAT-I from drawing board to first power generation within a period of 15 months.

“We eagerly look forward completing testing at Connel and to the next phase in the project which will see the system installed in south east Asia with our regional partners.

“It is a fantastic feeling to be able to offer the first affordable and viable tidal energy system for small to medium size projects of less than 10MW for remote coastal and island communities that are currently reliant on diesel generation.”

12 Dec 2017

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