Turbine to carry Calum’s name
The giant 1.5 megawatt (MW) Andritz Hammerfest Hydro turbine, one of four being deployed in the Pentland Firth, will be named “The Calum Davidson”.
Atlantis Resources says this is acknowledge the enormous contribution Mr Davidson, director of energy and low carbon at Highlands and Islands Enterprise, has made to the marine power industry in Scotland – and his role in supporting and championing the MeyGen project.
Chief executive officer Tim Cornelius said: “This project would not exist without Calum.
“We faced many problems along the path. Every time things seemed really bad, I would turn to Calum and he would find a way to make it work.
“He believes in us and what we are doing. More importantly, he believes in the future of the marine power industry that he has helped create in Scotland. He is one of the reasons why Scotland leads the world in tidal energy development.
“To be in this industry, you need to be resilient, tenacious, dedicated and determined. Combine that with humility and a heart the size of Scotland, and you have a pretty accurate description of Calum Davidson.”
After the naming ceremony, the turbine will be loaded for transit to the deployment site.
Test programmes at the Orkney-based European Marine Energy Centre played an important role in the development the four turbines that are being installed off the coast of Caithness.