Scotrenewables Tidal Power Limited (“Scotrenewables”) was founded in 2002 to develop cost effective tidal and river hydrokinetic turbines. The Company currently employs a team of 22 full time staff and is based in Orkney, Scotland, the home of the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC).
From the start, the company’s design philosophy was to develop a turbine with low installation and maintenance costs. This resulted in a floating turbine with rotors mounted on retractable legs allowing it to be easily towed to and from site with small, locally available vessels.
From 2003-2009, the company tested its technology at increasing scales, supported by strong investment from TOTAL, Fred Olsen and ABB Technology Ventures.
In 2011, the company launched the SR250 250 kW, the first large scale floating tidal turbine in the world. The turbine had an extremely successful 2 ½ year testing programme at EMEC, clocking up more than 4,000 hours of deployment in the harsh operating conditions of the North Sea. The turbine was fully grid connected and exported electricity into the local electricity network, verifying the floating tidal turbine approach at large scale.
The company has a highly skilled engineering and offshore operations team. It has partnerships for turbine assembly with Harland & Wolff Shipyard, Belfast and an established supply chain for turbine construction. In 2014, the company opened its own production facility for electrical system testing and assembly. The company has patents protecting the key design advantages of its technology and an excellent health and safety record.
In 2015, the company will launch, a 2MW turbine, known as the SR2000, the culmination of more than 12 years of research, design and testing. This will be the largest and most powerful tidal turbine in the world and the most cost competitive technology in the sector.