PRESS RELEASE: The world's most powerful tidal turbine hits peak power
The world’s most powerful tidal turbine, developed and manufactured by Scottish engineering company Scotrenewables Tidal Power Limited, has reached full rated power at the European Marine Energy Centre, Orkney.
After undergoing grid connected commissioning works prior to Christmas last year, the ‘SR2000’ was re-connected to its subsea cable in a low cost connection operation that took under an hour. All offshore operations have been delivered with small crew transfer vessels or locally based workboats.
Following energisation, the 500 tonne floating tidal turbine commenced generation and power export to the local Orkney grid. Since then the turbine has been undergoing a phased testing programme leading to full, 2MW rated export capacity being achieved on 12th April.
Andrew Scott, CEO, said: “We are tremendously excited to have the SR2000 demonstrating the performance and cost advantages of our floating tidal technology, in line with forecasts, whilst delivering new benchmarks within the tidal sector. This performance resets the bar for the costs of delivering tidal power. Achieving this industry milestone is a goal the team at Scotrenewables have worked tirelessly towards for a long time - the credit lies with them for these fantastic achievements.”
The company is focused on building generation up on the SR2000 over the immediate future and demonstrating its power performance in parallel with its unique low operational costs.
This deployment is already feeding into design optimisations being made under the company’s commercialisation project, FloTEC, which will see an even lower cost SR2000 model rolled out as a commercial offering in 2018.
Simon de Pietro, CEO, DP Energy, said: “This is a significant milestone for Scotrenewables and for tidal energy and we look forward to seeing the deployment of the technology in commercial arrays in the coming years as part of the overall solution for the marine energy sector”.
Kurt Kaltenegger, Head of Technology, ABB Technology Ventures, said: “The SR2000 project offers a compelling demonstration of how Scotrenewables can deliver predictable, cost effective, low carbon energy through its propriety floating tidal platform technology”.
Julien Pouget, Senior Vice President Renewables, Total, said: “For Total, contributing to the development of renewable energies is as much a strategic choice as an industrial responsibility. As a shareholder of Scotrenewables Tidal Power Limited we are proud to take part in a project that demonstrates how powerful utility scale tidal turbines can be deployed and maintained with low cost, locally based vessels towards a step-change cost reduction for the tidal energy sector”.
Founder and Director, Barry Johnston, said: “After developing the initial concept more than a decade ago, it’s fantastic to now see the latest evolution of the tidal turbine proving it’s low cost power generation capability onsite connected to the UK national grid”.
Scotrenewables wins award at International Tidal Energy Summit
Scotrenewables Tidal Power won the award for 'Best Grid Connected Prototype" at the International Tidal Energy Summit last night in London. The company won first prize for its first commercial scale floating tidal turbine, the SR2000, the most powerful tidal turbine in the world to date.
Speaking at the event, Andrew Scott CEO said, "On behalf of the whole team I'm delighted with this recognition. The SR2000 has been a leap forward for the technology and presented a huge challenge for the team, and it's a measure to them individually and collectively that we're on the road to demonstrating some of the clear advantages our technology brings to the tidal sector at full scale."
PRESS RELEASE: Scotrenewables installs world’s largest tidal turbine at EMEC for first time.
The world’s most powerful tidal turbine, developed and manufactured by Scottish engineering company Scotrenewables Tidal Power Limited, has been installed on its moorings for the first time at the European Marine Energy Centre, Orkney as part of site commissioning and testing.
The 2 MW “SR2000” floating turbine was towed to site by Green Marine’s vessel the Green Isle - leaving Kirkwall at 9am on 12th October it was connected to its moorings on the Fall of Warness by 3pm. Adhering to engineering a low cost, low risk approach to their turbine solution: Scotrenewables completed all site construction and installation work for the 2MW unit, including installation of the 500 tonne turbine itself, using locally available workboat vessels.
Speaking of the achievement the company’s CEO, Andrew Scott, said: “This is a tremendous achievement for the company and, I’d venture: the tidal sector. And it has only been possible through the determination, vision and ingenuity of a small, but highly determined team that has worked relentlessly to get to this exciting milestone. I’d also like to thank the team at Green Marine whose input and professionalism has been a major benefit to us.” Of the future testing programme Andrew added: “We see it as a real feather in our cap that we’ve managed to execute a construction and installation programme for a 2MW turbine using only low cost vessels. This will be a short installation but we’ll be seeking to further emphasise clear benefits of our approach in the operational phase where much of the standard maintenance can be carried out with simple crew transfer vessels, and validate a game-changing reduction in cost of energy for the tidal sector.”
Jason Schofield, Managing Director of Orkney based Green Marine said: “It has been refreshing to work with the Scotrenewables team on their pioneering turbine which we feel has let us play to our strengths and implement a low cost and locally based solution for them.”
PRESS RELEASE: BUSINESS, INNOVATION AND ENERGY MINISTER VISITS SR2000
The world’s most powerful tidal turbine, which is due to begin testing in Orkney, has been hailed as a potential “game changer” by Business, Innovation and Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse.
At 63m in length, Scotrenewables’ SR2000 is longer than Edinburgh’s Scott Monument and is capable of generating 2MW of power - enough to meet the needs of approximately 1,000 homes over the course of a year.
Mr Wheelhouse visited Hatston pier where the unit is undergoing final commissioning checks in advance of being connected to its mooring system on the European Marine Energy Centre’s (EMEC) test site in Orkney.
Mr Wheelhouse said:
“Scotland’s capacity to generate tidal power is considerable and this device has the potential to be a real game changer for the industry, not only here in Scotland, but across the world.
“Floating technology like this is likely to be easy and cheap to install, maintain and decommission. This will increase the commercial viability of tidal energy, which is crucial as we continue to transition towards a low carbon economy.
“It is encouraging that Scottish Government investment has helped move the project to this point. I congratulate Scotrenewables on reaching this significant milestone and look forward to staying up to date on the testing programme.
”Speaking of the visit Andrew Scott, CEO of Scotrenewables, said: “Scottish Government have been consistent in their vision and support for the marine renewables sector and that has been vital in getting a second generation technology like ours to this stage, and it is great to have the Minister come to see and hear about the exciting opportunities we’re aiming to create. It’s obviously a critical phase in the project but we’re looking forward to the test programme and providing clear evidence of the significant advantages our technology can bring to the sector whilst offering a step reduction in costs.”
Michelle Howell, Senior RIEF Manager, said “Scottish Enterprise is committed to supporting marine energy innovation in Scotland, ensuring our reputation as a world leader in the renewables industry. We are very pleased to see the progress of our investment in tidal energy turbine technology taking shape.”
The project has been supported by Scottish Enterprise’s WATERS II scheme along with investments from Scotrenewables’ shareholders which include ABB, DP Energy, Fred. Olsen, Total and Scottish Government via the Renewable Energy Investment Fund (REIF).