SIMEC Atlantis Energy Limited (Atlantis) has chosen GE’s Power Conversion business as its preferred supplier to deliver the electrical systems that will power the tidal stream turbines for the MeyGen tidal development.
Located in the Pentland Firth, north of Scotland, the MeyGen project is the only commercial multi-turbine array to have commenced construction, GE says in a press release. It has been providing power to the UK grid for more than a year, after Atlantis completed installation of four generating units at the site in 2017.
The recent contract will advance the MeyGen development into its second phase, known as Project Stroma, adding another 6 MW of generating capacity. GE’s Power Conversion business will provide the tidal turbine generators, power converters for conversion and smoothing of the irregular power before transmitting to the grid.
“We are excited to partner with GE to deliver the MeyGen tidal project. We strongly believe that the project has the potential to provide home-grown transformation of the U.K. energy market and will redefine what the world can expect from renewable tidal energy,” said Drew Blaxland, director of turbine and engineering services, Atlantis.
The site could ultimately be expanded to a cumulative output capacity near 400 MW, should Atlantis receive the required consents and grid connection agreements.
“This is a major step forward towards large-scale tidal energy production, which makes the MeyGen tidal stream application a pathfinder for the future of tidal energy for the U.K. and around the world,” said Gagan Sood, CEO of industry, power, water and wind, GE’s Power Conversion business. “We are committed to doing our part in innovating green energy to meet growing cleaner energy demands.”
GE says there is in total 300,000 GW of untapped tidal energy “hidden under the waters.”
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