MeyGen achieves generation landmark
The MeyGen tidal array has exported 1 gigawatt hour (GWh) of electricity into the National Grid – a significant milestone for the project.
The first phase of MeyGen involves four 1.5 megawatt (MW) turbines installed off the Caithness coast, which are harnessing the fast flowing waters of the Pentland Firth.
Three were developed by Andritz Hydro Hammerfest, the fourth by Atlantis Resources. They have evolved from earlier versions tested at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney.
Tim Cornelius, chief executive officer of Atlantis – the company leading the MeyGen project – said: “Yet another milestone has been achieved as we continue to see the vast potential of the world’s largest tidal power array realised.
“It’s extremely rewarding for all those involved to see the fruits of our collective passion and labour continuing to deliver.”
The tidal array is delivering clean, sustainable and predictable electricity to the grid.
Each of the turbines weighs almost 200 tonnes. The power they generate is fed to an onshore power station, from where electricity is supplied to the local distribution network in Caithness.