Scotrenewables launches 2 MW tidal energy unit in Belfast

Marine energy company Scotrenewables Tidal Power has launched what is being billed as the “world’s largest energy generating tidal turbine.”

The company’s SR2000, a 2 MW generating unit, is a 550 tonne machine deployed from Harland & Wolfe Heavy Industries Ltd. in Belfast. The turbine will now undergo preliminary trials in Belfast Lough before being towed to the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, Scotland, where it will begin a grid-connected test program.

“This is an exciting time for the company and a major milestone to reach, and is the result of an enormous effort by a dedicated team at Scotrenewables,” CEO Andrew Scott said. “We’ve also been fortunate to have been supported by a committed group of suppliers through the build, especially here with Harland and Wolff in Belfast.”

The SR2000 has been more than a decade in the making, with significant investments totaling nearly US$36 million from ABB, the Scottish government’s Renewable Energy Investment Fund, DP Energy, the Fred Olsen Group and Total New Energies.

“The sector is now beyond its emerging phase, and the SR2000 device is a bold step forward proving the viability of tidal as a sustainable, reliable and predictable energy source,” DP Energy CEO Simon de Pietro said.

HydroWorld.com reported that Scotrenewables had completed installing a modular anochoring system at EMEC in February.

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