Sep 13 (Renewables Now) - Scotrenewables Tidal Power Ltd (SRTP) announced today that its 2-MW SR2000 floating tidal energy turbine has met the electricity demand of almost 7% of the entire Orkney Islands over a period of seven days.
The company said in a statement that the turbine has produced over 116 MWh of electricity in under a week of continuous generation as part of its ongoing testing at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, Scotland. In shorter periods the device’s contribution even exceeded 25% of demand, the firm said.
“The SR2000 has met, and in many instances exceeded expectations, and combined with the fact this is the world’s most powerful operating tidal turbine it means we’re making a material contribution to the generation mix in Orkney with just this single unit,” stated Andrew Scott, CEO of Scotrenewables.
The 500-tonne SR2000 device was connected at EMEC’s Fall of Warness tidal test site in October 2016. The project has been backed by Scottish Enterprise’s WATERS II scheme along with investments from Scotrenewables’ shareholders, including ABB, DP Energy, Fred Olsen, Total SA and the Scottish government via the Renewable Energy Investment Fund (REIF).
Scotrenewables said that, going forward, it will lead an industrial consortium to engineer and deliver an enhanced model of the SR2000 device. The company will use GBP 7 million (USD 9.3m/EUR 7.8m) of Horizon 2020 funding for the purpose.
(GBP 1.0 = USD 1.327/EUR 1.108)