UK firm buys 16 turbines for Orkney array
Engineering company Sustainable Marine Energy (SME) is moving forward with plans to deploy a tidal array at EMEC, the Orkney-based European Marine Energy Centre.
The British firm has signed a long term contract with EMEC and has purchased 16 turbines from SHOTTEL HYDRO.
Following successful sea trials in the Solent last summer, SME intends to install its first PLAT-O system at EMEC later this year.
PLAT-O is a buoyant platform fitted with tidal turbines. The platform is moored to the seabed using a bespoke anchoring system that has also been developed by SME.
The first to be deployed has two SCHOTTEL Instream Turbines (SIT). The next generation PLAT-O system will be large enough to host four turbines.
SME aims to deploy four of these platforms over the next two years to complete the array. The installed power output of the array will be 1 megawatt (MW) and this will be fed into the Scottish power grid.
The turbines and the platform are designed to be lightweight, robust and stable.
“With this system we offer SME a simple ‘plug and play’ solution for their PLAT-O platforms,” said Niels A. Lange, managing director of SCHOTTEL HYDRO.
“We are very proud to be part of this project with 16 SIT turbines sold. The PLAT-O system provides SCHOTTEL HYDRO with a route to market and we expect to deliver many more SITs to SME for these systems in the near future.”
Jason Hayman, managing director of SME, added: "It is great to be working with SCHOTTEL HYDRO to deliver an integrated system to the market.
“This multi turbine array, the first of its kind in the world, will prove that tidal energy devices can be installed in a low cost manner and operated profitably over the long term.”