The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) has welcomed Spanish tidal energy developer Magallanes Renovables to its tidal test site at the Fall of Warness in Orkney, Scotland, with installation completed on its second generation (2G) 2-MW tidal platform ATIR.
EMEC says this installation marks a major milestone in the Ocean_2G project, which aims to test, validate and pre-certify Magallanes’ device.
The ATIR was built and launched in Vigo, Spain, in 2017, where it underwent a structured test program to optimize the system. The ATIR was towed from Spain to Orkney in September 2018.
Orkney-based marine service provider Leask Marine installed the unit this month.
The ATIR will undergo commissioning on site before being connected to the national grid.
“We are very pleased to have the ATIR installed at EMEC. This marks a major milestone for the project and is a great achievement for our dedicated team after years of building up to this point,” said Alejandro Marques de Magallanes, chief executive officer of Magallanes Renovables. “The next step in the project will be to start the testing program at the Fall of Warness. We look forward to demonstrating the outputs of this pioneering prototype and generating electricity into the national grid in the near future”.
Led by SAGRES — Magallanes Renovables’ parent company — the Ocean_2G project consortium brings together EMEC, Leask Marine and electrical specialists IM FutuRe. The project is funded by the Fast Track to Innovation pilot scheme, part of the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program.
EMEC was established in 2003 as a facility for testing wave and tidal energy converters in real sea conditions. The center offers grid-connected test berths for full-scale prototypes, as well as test sites in less challenging conditions for use by smaller scale technologies, supply chain companies, and equipment manufacturers. To date, 20 wave and tidal energy clients spanning 11 countries having tested 31 marine energy devices at EMEC.