Scots tidal power developer generates 1GWh in record time at European marine energy test centre

The SR2000 undergoing testing off Orkney
The SR2000 undergoing testing off Orkney

A Scottish tidal turbine developer has set another record with its SR2000 2MW floating tidal turbine, with the unit clocking up over 1GWh in a record pace at the European Marine Energy Centre  in Orkney.

The SR2000 was launched last year from the Harland and Wolf shipyard in Belfast before being towed to the Orkney Islands for grid connected testing.

Initial generation started earlier this year developer Scotrenewables Tidal Power quickly set a world record with the highest export level from a tidal turbine of 2.2MW.

Andrew Scott, Chief Executive, said: “This is an astonishing achievement by our technology and by the Scotrenewables team who have worked so hard to make it happen.”

“We had a small number of outages within this period, including where we have had to make maintenance interventions but, because of the accessible nature of our technology, we have been able to respond to these quickly and with very low cost vessels, validating the engineering approach we have pioneered here at Scotrenewables.”

Neil Kermode, Managing Director of EMEC, commented:  “It is exhilarating to witness the unprecedented performance of Scotrenewables’ tidal turbine. It is clear and demonstrable progress for the team, but it is also progress for this exciting and innovative sector as a whole as it moves towards commercialisation.”

Scotrenewables recently announced it had appointed financial advisors, Simmons & Company Ltd, to assist with a fund raising effort to support the business transition to commercial operations.

30 Nov 2017

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