March 6 (Renewables Now) - The 2-MW tidal energy converter (TEC) deployed last month by Spain’s Magallanes Renovables at a test site in Scotland has now generated its first electricity into the UK grid.
Magallanes’ so-called ATIR device is connected at the European Marine Energy Centre’s (EMEC) Fall of Warness site in Orkney, where it will undergo a structured programme of testing as part of the Ocean_2G project.
The scheme is led by Magallanes’ parent, SAGRES, with participation from EMEC, Orkney-based Leask Marine, which carried out the installation at EMEC, and electrical specialist IM FutuRe. The goal of the project is to test, validate and pre-certify Magallanes’ TEC.
The project is funded by the Fast Track to Innovation pilot scheme, which is part of the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.