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Sustainable Marine Energy deploys Plat-I device off Oban

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Sustainable Marine Energy has installed its next-generation Plat-I floating tidal platform for tests in the Connel Sound off Oban.

The 280kW steel trimaran device deployed 500 metres offshore features four Schottel Hydro SIT 250 turbines each rated at 70kW.

The platform will undergo non-grid connected sea acceptance tests before being deployed in the Philippines next year.

“A massive thank you to Schottel Hydro, Green Marine, JBS Group, Sequentec and all of the team at SME who have worked incredibly hard to get the platform installed,” the company said.

“Now we begin commissioning and testing which will demonstrate how tidal energy can provide zero carbon power for island and coastal communities all around the world.”

The installation of the 32-metre long platform was performed by Orkney outfit Green Marine.

Image: Plat-I (John Howe/Scottish Association for Marine Science)

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