SR2000 clocks up the power
Having reached the 2MW rated capacity of their SR2000 tidal turbine earlier in April, and setting a new tidal industry benchmark, Scotrenewables have now generated over 18MWh within a continuous 24hr testing period; a performance level which matches established offshore wind turbines.
Speaking of the achievement, believed to be another tidal industry record, the CEO of Scotrenewables, Andrew Scott, said: “Recognising we are still in the early stages of our demonstration programme this is a tremendously reassuring level of performance to be achieving, one which provides further confidence in our technology’s ability to deliver a significant step reduction in the cost of energy from tidal stream and meet our future customers’ needs.”
The 2MW SR2000 is undergoing a comprehensive, grid connected, test programme at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney focused on demonstrating power and hydrodynamic performance of the patented floating turbine technology in parallel with a low cost maintenance and vessel strategy.
Jonathan Meason, Scotrenewables’ Engineering Manager said: “The SR2000 is providing invaluable experience and validation of our engineering - both of which are informing the optimisation exercise which we are undertaking within our flagship Horizon 2020 project; where we are confident we can considerably increase the performance from the system in parallel with reducing costs and risks.”
Scotrenewables’ EU funded Horizon 2020 project, “FloTEC”, is a collaborative industry and supply chain initiative aimed at further reducing the cost of energy from the company’s technology and providing the basis to commence commercial sales.
The SR2000 was conservatively engineered and built with a 16m rotor diameter for each of its 1MW turbines, improvements under the FloTEC project include increasing diameters to 20m with composite blades developed with project partners EireComposites. This step alone is projected to increase annual yield from turbines by over 50%.
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ABOUT SCOTRENEWABLES TIDAL POWER:
Scotrenewables Tidal Power Limited is an innovative Scottish engineering company focused on the development of a tidal energy turbine technology with the potential to produce a step-change reduction in the cost of energy from tidal currents. The company’s novel 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 staff with offices in Orkney and Edinburgh.
The technology has been under continuous engineering development, including rigorous testing of scaled systems in both tank conditions and open ocean environments, since the company was founded in Orkney in 2002. In 2012 the company achieved a world’s first when it exported power to the UK grid from its 250kW floating scale model.
The current SR2000, the world’s largest operating tidal turbine, was launched from the Harland & Wolff shipyard, Belfast, in May 2016 before being towed to Orkney.
The SR2000 project has been supported by Scottish Enterprise’s WATERS II scheme along with investments from Scotrenewables’ shareholders which include ABB, DP Energy, Fred Olsen, Total and Scottish Government via the Renewable Energy Investment Fund (REIF).
Scotrenewables has been selected by the European Commission to lead on the engineering and delivery of an enhanced model of the SR2000 machine. Leveraging £7m Horizon 2020 funding Scotrenewables will lead an industrial consortium to optimise the SR2000 under the “FloTEC” project which is scheduled to run until 2019.
More info at: website www.scotrenewables.com
ÉireComposites is an innovative design, manufacturing and testing company, involved in lightweight, high performance fibre-reinforced composite materials, with an international blue-chip customer base of over 70 companies in the aerospace, renewable energy and automotive sectors. ÉireComposites (www.ÉireComposites.com) has established accredited aerospace composites manufacturing and testing facilities in Galway, Ireland and has significant intellectual property in manufacturing and tooling for composite materials. The company is well established as a blade manufacturer for wind turbines and is ideally placed to manufacture tidal blades.