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MeyGen scores €20m EU boost

Horizon 2020 grant will support second phase of tidal scheme

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A group led by Atlantis Resources has won a €20.3m grant from the European Commission to develop the second phase of the MeyGen tidal energy project off Scotland.

The Horizon 2020 grant will support the Demotide project to design, build and operate a 6MW turbine array in the Inner Sound of the Pentland Firth in northern Scotland, Atlantis said.

Construction on the project, named MeyGen phase 1B, will start this year and first power is expected in 2018.

The facility will demonstrate the technical and commercial viability of drilled foundation systems and larger diameter rotors, Atlantis said.

It will be built next to the MeyGen 1A array, which started generating electricity in November. Both will comprise four 1.5MW tidal turbines.

The consortium for the new project comprises Atlantis unit Marine Current Turbines, DEME, GeoSea, Innosea and Queen’s University Belfast.

“The Demotide project is the next significant step in delivering cost effective, reliable tidal stream generation for Europe,” Atlantis chief executive Tim Cornelius said.

Image: Atlantis Resources

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