Orkney tidal energy convertor generates its first electricity for grid

Spanish tidal energy developer Magallanes Renovables has generated electricity able to be exported to National Grid for the first time, it was announced on 5 March. The tidal energy converter, which is connected to the grid via subsea cables at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney, is funded by the Fast Track to Innovation pilot scheme – part of the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

The system will now undergo a structured programme of testing to ensure its success in entering the market.

Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands Paul Wheelhouse, said: “The marine energy industry has taken momentous steps forward in recent years and it’s great to see this project add to a number of recent success stories where Scotland has been at the forefront of global research and development and tests and demonstrations.”


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