CTG installs tidal turbine off Chinese coast in partnership with Atlantis

The AR1500 tidal energy turbine. Source: Lockheed Martin

April 27 (Renewables Now) - China Three Gorges (CTG) has in the past week fully installed its first SG500kW tidal stream turbine between the islands of Putuoshan and Huludao in the Zhoushan archipelago.

SIMEC Atlantis Energy Ltd (LON:SAE), the company behind the 398-MW MeyGen tidal power project in Scotland, announced this today, saying that China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) manufactured the “mammoth” turbine at its facilities in Wuhan, Hubei province, where the COVID-19 pandemic started. The process was finalised despite the logistical challenges that came with the health crisis, the announcement says.

Atlantis noted it took part in the development of the device through its partnership with ITPEnergised. The turbine has a rotor diameter of 18 meters.

“MeyGen has demonstrated the true potential of tidal energy and has de-risked the market to the extent that we are now exporting knowhow and equipment internationally, with China the latest market to open in Asia,” commented Tim Cornelius, CEO of SIMEC Atlantis Energy. He also pointed out that the roll-out of tidal power in China will have material cost reduction implications worldwide.

Atlantis pointed out that according to studies, tidal stream energy in China could supply more than 8.2 GW to the country’s grid.

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