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OpenHydro plans Orkney array

EXCLUSIVE: Two 2MW tidal turbines part of long-term business plan

OpenHydro plans Orkney array image

DCNS OpenHydro is planning to deploy two of its next-generation 2MW open centre tidal turbines at the European Marine Energy Centre on Orkney.

The company was recently given the all-clear by planning agency Marine Scotland for the mini-array of 16-metre machines at the Fall of Warness test site in the UK.

DCNS is in the early stages of development for the project with no timeline yet identified for deployment. The licence for the project runs until 2043.

Turbines will be the same as those deployed off France and Canada but with site-specific tweaks.

UK development manager Robert East said: "The ability to deliver and test these small arrays of our standard product is an essential part of our long term business plan. 

"We have been operational at EMEC for the past 11 years in which time we have tested and developed our technology. We feel this is an excellent site to deploy a small scale, pre-commercial array."

OpenHydro was the first developer to use the Fall of Warness site with deployment of its 250kW open-centre unit in 2006.

Image: an OpenHydro turbine (DCNS OpenHydro)

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