First turbine at full power
The first tidal turbine deployed in the Pentland Firth as part of the MeyGen project is now fully operational.
Atlantis Resources, the company leading the pioneering project, said it was delighted to announce a significant milestone - with the Andritz Hydro Hammerfest turbine operating at full power.
The turbine was successfully installed last month and plugged into a pre-laid cable which connects back to an onshore control centre, from where tidally-generated electricity is fed into the National Grid.
It is the first of four 1.5 megawatt (MW) tidal turbines to be deployed at the MeyGen site. Test programmes at the Orkney-based European Marine Energy Centre played an important role in the development the technology.
Each MeyGen turbine is capable of generating full power when the water speed reaches just over 3 meters per second, or around six knots of flow.
MeyGen Project Director, David Taaffe, said: “It is extremely satisfying to see all of the meticulous planning and preparation come to life and be validated in the field.
“Andritz has done a wonderful job in commissioning this system, drawing on many years of operational experience.
“This will be one of many milestones to come as we now build on this successful start and continue to roll out the world’s largest tidal power array. It is an important day for my entire team and all of our contractors.”
The Meygen project is based in the Inner Sound – the stretch of water between the island of Stroma and the coast of Caithness.