Chance to get up close to giant tidal turbine
Orkney-based based Scotrenewables Tidal Power recently launched its 2 megawatt (MW) SR2000 device.
It will be on display at Hatston Pier near Kirkwall from 11am to 3pm during an open day on Saturday, June 25.
The company, which is at the forefront of the floating tidal technology sector, launched the 550-tonne machine at Harland & Wolff Heavy Industries Ltd in Belfast in May.
This is the first commercial scale machine the company has built. The turbine underwent preliminary tow trials in Belfast Lough before being towed to Orkney, where it will commence a grid connected test programme at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC).
The SR2000 is the culmination of more 12 years of detailed research and development, with the project supported by £1.25 million in funding under the Scottish Government’s WATERS2 initiative.
Speaking at the launch, the company’s chief executive officer, Andrew Scott, said: “This is an exciting time for the company and a major milestone to reach, and is the result of an enormous effort by a dedicated team at Scotrenewables.
“We’ve also been fortunate to have been supported by a committed group of suppliers through the build, especially with Harland and Wolff in Belfast.
“We’re now looking forward to getting the machine to EMEC and start the test programme to demonstrate more of the clear engineering and cost advantages our approach can bring to the commercial tidal sector.”
The company’s progress has been underpinned by longstanding support and investment of more than £25 million from main investors: ABB, the Scottish Government’s Renewable Energy Investment Fund, DP Energy, Fred. Olsen Group and Total New Energies.
Simon de Pietro, chief executive officer of DP Energy, sees the tidal energy sector as rapidly approaching maturity.
“The sector is now beyond its emerging phase and the SR2000 device is a bold step forward proving the viability of tidal as a sustainable, reliable and predictable energy source, he said.”
Steel fabrication of the machine was carried out by fabricators in Scotland, Northern Ireland and England.
Assembly and commissioning of the SR2000 took place at the Harland & Wolff shipyard over 12 months, drawing on H&W’s 150 years of marine manufacturing experience to deliver this next generation technology.