Orbital Marine Power signs deal for Welsh tidal demonstrator

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

December 5 (Renewables Now) - Scottish marine energy-focused engineering firm Orbital Marine Power Ltd has signed a deal to demonstrate its floating tidal power technology off the Welsh island of Anglesey.

More specifically, Orbital has agreed with not-for-profit Menter Mon to deploy a commercial-scale tidal array as part of the Morlais tidal energy project. The system will use Orbital’s recently unveiled 2-MW O2 commercial tidal stream turbine.

The development of the Morlais project is supported by part-funding from the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh government. The project envisages installing a range of devices and form one of the largest tidal stream energy sites in the world. It has a grid connection offer and is expected to submit a consent application in mid-2019, once environmental assessments are concluded.

“One of our key aims is to secure maximum benefit in Anglesey through the project, by generating income that can be re-invested into our other development and job creation initiatives,” commented Gerallt Llywelyn Jones, Director with Morlais.

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