Tidal world record set

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The Meygen tidal energy project is expected to be operating at full capacity early next month – after already setting a power generation world record.

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 (AHH), the fourth by Atlantis Resources. They have evolved from earlier versions tested at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney.

Earlier this year, all three AHH turbines were recovered to for onshore inspection and system enhancements derived from the lessons learned during the initial period of operations.

The Atlantis Resources AR1500 was also retrieved for a full systems inspection.

In early July, two of the three AHH turbines were reinstalled and commenced generation at full power.

The MeyGen team has announced that the project generated over 700 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity during August - a new world record for monthly production from a tidal stream power station.

David Taaffe, director of project delivery at MeyGen, said: “The production performance from the installed turbines has been very good.

“August proved to be a world record month, providing enough energy to power 2,000 Scottish homes from just two turbines. 

“With yet another successful installation campaign expertly completed by the Atlantis operations team, we expect to continue to break records throughout the rest of the year, generating both predictable power and revenue.”

The third AHH turbine has also been reinstalled and successfully connected to the grid.

The AR1500 is expected to be redeployed in early October, allowing the project to operate at full 6 MW capacity.

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