Orbital Marine Power awards O2 turbine blades contract

Orbital Marine O2 tidal unit. Source: Orbital Marine Power Ltd

November 28 (Renewables Now) - Scottish tidal energy company Orbital Marine Power Ltd has contracted A C Marine & Composites Ltd (ACMC) to supply composite blades for the first commercial O2 tidal turbine with a capacity of over 2 MW.

England-based ACMC will manufacture 10-metre (32.8 ft) blades for both of the device’s twin rotors at the company’s facilities in Gosport, Hampshire. This will give the machine a swept area of more than 600 sq m (6,458 sq ft), which is the largest ever on a tidal turbine, according to the announcement.

The O2 device is expected to enter operation in 2020 as part of a long-term project at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, Scotland. It will be capable of generating enough power to meet the consumption of more than 1,700 local homes.

Orbital previous awarded contracts for the supply of fully integrated power trains and anchors. The O2 platform manufacturing contract was won by TEXO Group.

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