Hydrokinetic technology developer ScotRnewables has completed installing what it calls the “world’s largest tidal turbine” at the European Marine Energy Centre.
The 2 MW unit was towed from Kaston Pier in Kirwall earlier this week before being secured to moorings at EMEC. The company is now working to connect the 2 MW generating unit to the local grid.
“This is a tremendous achievement for the company and, I’d venture, for the tidal sector,” ScotRenewables CEO Andrew Scott said. “It has only been possible through the determination, vision and ingenuity of a small but highly determined team that has worked relentlessly to get this exciting milestone.”
The unit is one of the company’s SR2000 models, which are more than 200 feet long and weigh over 500 tonnes.
ScotRenewables completed the deployment of the modular anchoring system in preparation for the installation of a 2 MW tidal turbine at the EMEC site in February.
The anchor was developed in partnership with McLaughlin & Harvey, SeaRoc and Scotmarine with the goal of building a low-cost system for floating tidal energy converters. The project was funded in part by Scotland’s Marine Renewables Commercialisation Fund.
“The entire anchoring system was fabricated in Orkney and installed using a locally-based workboat vessel, further illustrating how this approach can make full use of the local supply chain for tidal energy installations,” Scotrenewables CEO Andrew Scott said.
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