August 13 (Renewables Now) - Scottish tidal energy company Orbital Marine Power Ltd today announced it has awarded the multi-million-pound main manufacturing contract for its first commercial O2 tidal stream unit, which will have a capacity surpassing 2 MW.
Orbital, previously known as Scotrenewables Tidal Power, has selected Scotland-based engineering firm TEXO Group Ltd to manufacture the device, carrying out the work at its quayside facilities in Dundee.
”Our team has a wealth of experience in marine engineering with particular expertise in offshore oil and gas – this project enables us to showcase our vast capabilities for the offshore renewables sector,” said Robert Dalziel, managing director of TEXO Group.
The O2 unit builds on the 2-MW SR2000 turbine that was tested at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, where it produced more than 3 GWh in its first year. The new model consists of a 72-metre long floating superstructure that supports two 1-MW turbines at either side.
The plan is to install the O2 in 2020 as part of a long-term project at EMEC. It has received financial support under the EU Horizon 2020 programme and will also be financed with a GBP-7-million (USD 8.5m/EUR 7.5m) crowdfunding bond that was successfully raised by Orbital in early 2019.
(GBP 1.0 = USD 1.208/EUR 1.077)