Giant tidal turbine installed at EMEC
The 2 megawatt (MW) SR2000 floating turbine, developed and manufactured by Scottish engineering company Scotrenewables Tidal Power Limited, is now on its moorings for the first time, as part of a site commissioning and testing programme.
It was towed to the test site at the Fall of Warness, off the island of Eday, by Orkney-based Green Marine’s vessel, the Green Isle, and was connected to the mooring six hours after leaving Kirkwall.
Adhering to engineering a low cost, low risk approach to their turbine project, Scotrenewables completed all site construction and installation work, including installation of the 500-tonne device, using locally available workboat vessels.
Scotrenewables’ chief executive officer, Andrew Scott, said: “This is a tremendous achievement for the company and, I’d venture, for the tidal sector.
“It has only been possible through the determination, vision and ingenuity of a small, but highly determined team that has worked relentlessly to get to this exciting milestone.
“I’d also like to thank the team at Green Marine, whose input and professionalism has been a major benefit to us.”
Looking ahead to the future testing programme, he added: “We see it as a real feather in our cap that we’ve managed to execute a construction and installation programme for a 2MW turbine using only low cost vessels.
“This will be a short installation. But we’ll be seeking to further emphasise the clear benefits of our approach in the operational phase, where much of the standard maintenance can be carried out with simple crew-transfer vessels, and validate a game-changing reduction in cost of energy for the tidal sector.”
Jason Schofield, managing director of Green Marine said: “It has been refreshing to work with the Scotrenewables team on their pioneering turbine, which we feel has let us play to our strengths and implement a low cost and locally based solution for them.”