New Spanish tidal power ‘ship’ sets sail for Orkney sea trials

The Magallanes tidal power turbine 'ship'
The Magallanes tidal power turbine ‘ship’

A Spanish tidal energy developer has agreed a test site deal with the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, where its new tidal energy prototype is due to be demonstrated in the next phase of the OCEAN 2G project.

Part of the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, OCEAN 2G aims to test, validate and pre-certify Magallanes Renewables’  second generation (2G) 2MW tidal platform – ‘ATIR’.

Following its launch last year, Magallanes has have been validating the ATIR prototype in the controlled marine environment at Vigo bay in Spain as part of a structured test programme which has seen power being generated via tow tests.

The next phase will see the full-scale device being towed to Orkney, where the operational performance of the system will then be tested at EMEC’s grid-connected tidal test site at the Fall of Warness.

Led by SAGRES – Magallanes Renovables’ parent company – the OCEAN 2G project consortium brings together EMEC, Orkney-based marine services provider Leask Marine, and electrical specialists IM FutuRe.

The Magallanes tidal power turbine ‘ship
The Magallanes tidal power turbine ‘ship

12 Apr 2018

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