EXCLUSIVE: At 550 tonnes, the world’s biggest tidal power turbine prepares for Orkney sea-trials

The Scotrenewables Tidal Power turbine. PHOTOGRAPH:
The SR2000 Scotrenewables Tidal Power turbine. PHOTOGRAPHY: Colin Keldie, EMEC

Scottish Energy News WORLD EXCLUSIVE

The world’s biggest – and most powerful – tidal turbine has now arrived in Orkney and the Scotrenewables Tidal Power turbine (pictured here at Hatston Pier) is due to be deployed at the islands’ European Marine Energy Centre tidal test site this summer.

The near-200ft long SR2000 Scotrenewables tidal turbine is a unique floating tidal technology designed to minimise installation and operational costs. The device hosts two propellers which fold up while being towed.

Scotenewables SR2000 and SME PLATO at Hatston Pier, Orkney, June 2016 (Credit Colin Keldie, courtesy of EMEC)The system has been extensively trialled through scale model testing and a 250kW prototype, the SR250. The 250kW device, measuring 33m long, was constructed at Harland & Wolff in Belfast in 2010 and weighs 100 tonnes.


Building on the success of SR250 testing to date, Scotrenewables Tidal Power developed the SR2000 – a much larger 2MW ‘commercial scale’ turbine more suited for tidal array deployment, which was also built in Belfast.

See also: Scottish tidal power company launches world’s largest energy-generating tidal turbine


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