SKF to supply power trains for Orbital's 2-MW tidal turbine

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

October 23 (Renewables Now) - Swedish bearings and seals maker SKF AB (STO:SKF-B) has won a contract to supply fully integrated power trains for Orbital Marine Power Ltd’s upcoming 2-MW O2 floating tidal turbine.

Under the terms of the latest commercial supply arrangement, SKF will provide Orbital with fully integrated drivetrain solutions covering both nacelles and pitching hubs. The Swedish company has been supplying critical bearing and sealing components to Orbital since 2011, the announcement says.

Orbital expects to deploy the O2 device at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney next year. In August, it awarded a multi-million-pound main manufacturing contract for the turbine to Scotland-based engineering firm TEXO Group Ltd. In addition, it also placed an anchors order to FAUN Trackway in Anglesey.

Also in August, Orbital won GBP 3.4 million (USD 4.4m/EUR 3.9m) in government financing to progress work on the turbine.

(GBP 1.0 = USD 1.285/EUR 1.156)

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