SME deploys floating tidal energy platform for tests in Scotland

SME's PLAT-I system. Source: Sustainable Marine Energy Ltd

December 13 (Renewables Now) - Edinburgh-based Sustainable Marine Energy Ltd (SME) has completed the installation of its 280-kW PLAT-I floating tidal energy platform at Connel, near Oban in western Scotland.

The particular platform hosts four 70-kW turbines manufactured by Schottel Hydro GmbH, and is designed for inshore tidal sites. The system itself was fabricated in Scotland by JBS Group in the period July-October. It was installed in less than five hours using Green Marine’s multicat vessel Green Isle.

At Connel the platform will go through certain tests after which it will be disassembled and transported to South East Asia. There it will be delivered to Singapore-based clean technology investor Envirotek Pte Ltd so it could redeploy the system as part of a grid-connected commercial demonstrator project in the Philippines.

SME, Schottel Hydro and Envirotek have identified a number of high impact project opportunities in the region, a press statement says.

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