Atlantis hits Pentland sweet spot
August production hits 700MWh as Andritz turbines redeployed
Atlantis Resources has redeployed a third tidal turbine at its 6MW MeyGen Phase 1A array in Scotland’s Pentland Firth.
The 1.5MW Andritz Hydro Hammerfest hardware was reinstalled during the August neap tide this week.
The turbines were recovered earlier this year to make repairs and upgrades.
A fourth 1.5MW turbine – the Atlantis-designed AR1500 – is expected to be redeployed during the next neap tide in late September.
The Atlantis turbine experienced some minor delays in receiving upgrade components, the company said.
The turbine will then enter into its final contractual performance and autonomous reliability tests after which it will be signed off for commencement of long term operation.
The Edinburgh outfit said total power output from the project since the first turbine was installed last autumn had approached 2 gigawatt-hours, including over 700 megawatt-hours in August.
“August proved to be a world record month, providing enough energy to power 2,000 Scottish homes from just two turbines. We expect to continue to break records throughout the rest of the year generating both predictable power and revenue,” said MeyGen project director David Taafe.
Image: Andritz turbine redeployed at MeyGen (Atlantis)