Scotrenewables Tidal Power has contracted Fife steel roller Gray Fabrication to provide hull sections for its SR2000 floating tidal-stream turbine.
The Cupar business will manufacture segments for the 2MW unit’s superstructure and deliver them to a Scottish yard for final assembly. Initial components will be loaded out in September.
The planned 2MW device is part of a phased development programme by Scotrenewables, which will lead to commercial deployment of approximately 150MW by 2020.
ABB, the infrastructure and power technology conglomerate is a major equity stakeholder in Orkney-based ScotRenewable Tidal Power Ltd.
Scotrenewables aims to be in a position to contribute to both the Scottish and UK targets for energy generation from renewable energy sources.
The deal marks a new approach by the device developer to boost Scottish content. Further contract awards with another fabricator and a major Scottish yard are imminent, it is understood. The changes mean the SR2000 is now due to hit the water early in 2015, starting with tow trials in Orkney.
The machine will then be deployed at the European Marine Energy Centre’s Fall of Warness test site in early summer.