World’s largest floating tidal turbine generates 7% of Orkney islands electricity

The 'ocean-going' SR 2000 sea-surface floating tidal turbine. Placed upright, it would stand higher than the Sir Walter Scott monument in Edinburgh.
The ‘ocean-going’ SR 2000 sea-surface floating tidal turbine. Placed upright, it would stand higher than the Sir Walter Scott monument in Edinburgh.

Scotrenewables Tidal Power has achieved further impressive outputs from ongoing testing of its 2MW floating tidal generator  in Orkney.

Its SR2000 turbine produced more than 116 MWh in under a week of continuous generation which took place last month at the European Marine Energy Centre.

Over the seven day period, the turbine met the electricity demand of nearly 7% of the entire Orkney Islands, with shorter periods where that contribution exceeded 25% of demand.  

Commenting on the performance of the SR2000 –  the largest and most powerful floating tidal current turbine in the world – Andrew Scott, Chief Executive, Scotrenewables, said: “The SR2000 has met, and in many instances exceeded, expectations.

“And combined with the fact this is the world’s most powerful operating tidal turbine it means we’re making a material contribution to the generation mix in Orkney with just this single unit.”

Meanwhile, Scotrenewables has been selected by the European Commission to lead on the engineering and delivery of an enhanced model of the SR2000 machine.

Leveraging £7 million EU funding, Scotrenewables will lead an industrial consortium to optimise the SR2000 under the “FloTEC” project which is scheduled to run until 2019. 

Scotrenewables’ floating technology offers a low-cost solution for simplified and safe manufacture, installation, access and maintenance along with the ability to use low cost, small workboats for all offshore operations. The company currently employs 26 people at offices in Orkney and Edinburgh.

15 Sept 2017

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