The world’s most powerful tidal turbine – developed and manufactured by Scottish engineering company Scotrenewables Tidal Power – has reached full-rated power at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney.
After undergoing UK grid-connected commissioning before Christmas last year, the SR2000 turbine was re-connected to its subsea cable in a low cost connection operation that took under an hour.
All offshore operations were delivered with small crew transfer vessels or locally based workboats.
Following energisation, the 500-tonne floating tidal turbine commenced generation and power export to the local Orkney grid. Since then the turbine has been undergoing a phased testing programme, which resulting in attaining the full 2MW rated export capacity just before Easter.
Andrew Scott, Chief Executive, Scotrenewables Tidal Power, said: “We are tremendously excited to have the SR2000 demonstrating the performance and cost advantages of our floating tidal technology, in line with forecasts, whilst delivering new benchmarks within the tidal sector.
“This performance re-sets the bar for the costs of delivering tidal power. Achieving this industry milestone is a goal the team at Scotrenewables have worked tirelessly towards for a long time – the credit lies with them for these fantastic achievements.”
The company is focused on building generation up on the SR2000 over the immediate future and demonstrating its power performance in parallel with its unique low operational costs.
This deployment is already feeding into design optimisations being made under the company’s commercialisation project, FloTEC, which will see an even lower cost SR2000 model rolled out as a commercial offering in 2018.
Scotrenewables Tidal Power is currently discussing turbine supply opportunities in the UK, France, Canada and the Far East.
Scotrenewables Tidal Power is funded by a number of investors, including Ireland’s DP Energy, ABB Technology Ventures and Total, the French-owned oil giant.
Simon de Pietro, Chief Executive, DP Energy, said: “This is a significant milestone for Scotrenewables and for tidal energy and we look forward to seeing the deployment of the technology in commercial arrays in the coming years as part of the overall solution for the marine energy sector.”
Julien Pouget, Senior Vice-President (Renewables) at Total, said: “For us, contributing to the development of renewable energies is as much a strategic choice as an industrial responsibility.
“As a shareholder of Scotrenewables Tidal Power Limited we are proud to take part in a project that demonstrates how powerful utility scale tidal turbines can be deployed and maintained with low cost, locally based vessels towards a step-change cost reduction for the tidal energy sector.”
Neil Kermode, Managing Director at EMEC, added: “We congratulate Scotrenewables in reaching peak- power on the SR2000.
“This milestone is testament to years of hard work and dedication shown by the Scotrenewables team. It further demonstrates that through dogged, unrelenting innovation tidal energy is getting ever closer to becoming part of our carbon free energy mix.”