SR2000 turbine hits peak form
Scotrenewables tidal device produces full 2MW capacity off Orkney
Scotrenewables has produced full power from its 2MW SR2000 tidal turbine off the north coast of Scotland.
The 500-tonne floating device reached the milestone earlier this week at the European Marine Energy Centre on Orkney following a phased testing programme.
The SR2000 was grid connected and commissioned late last year before being reconnected to its subsea cable “in a low-cost operation that took under an hour”.
“All offshore operations have been delivered with small crew transfer vessels or locally based workboats,” said the company.
Chief executive Andrew Scott said device results to date are in line with forecasts.
“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,” he said.
Deployment is already feeding into design optimisations being made under commercialisation project FloTEC which is designed to create an even lower-cost SR2000 model rolled out as a commercial offering in 2018.
Simon de Pietro, chief executive at shareholder 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”.