Scots tidal powers Orkney
SR2000 device exports up to a quarter of demand in week-long period
Tidal developer Scotrenewables provided nearly 7% of Orkney’s electricity demand from a single 2MW floating SR2000 device during a week-long period of continuous generation
The Kirkwall outfit said its tidal turbine installed at the European Marine Energy Centre’s Fall of Warness site off Eday produced more than 116 MWh over a seven-day period last month.
Scotrenewables exported in excess of 25% of demand during shorter periods, it added.
Chief executive Andrew Scott said: “The SR2000 has met, and in many instances exceeded expectations, and combined with the fact this is the world’s most powerful operating tidal turbine it means we’re making a material contribution to the generation mix in Orkney with just this single unit.”
Scottish Renewables senior policy manager Hannah Smith added: "Scotrenewables’ recent successes, alongside others from leaders like Atlantis’ MeyGen project and Nova Innovation’s tidal power array in Shetland, are just the tip of the iceberg.
"The global potential of both tidal and wave power is huge, and with the right support from government the UK can reap the benefits of these new industries as they continue to reduce costs and increase generation."
Image: 2MW SR2000 tidal device (Scotrenewables)