Spanish tidal developer Magallanes Renovables’ 2MW floating device is expected to arrive in Orkney this week ahead of installation at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC).
The commercial-scale Atir platform is being towed from the Spanish port of Vigo and is due to drop anchor off Deerness on the Orkney mainland by 15 September.
Local contractor Leask Marine will prep the 45-metre platform with twin 19m rotors prior to deployment at EMEC’s Fall of Warness grid-connected tidal test site.
Leask is also responsible for the mooring system, cable management and seabed preparation works.
The device will be tested, validated and pre-certified as part of the EU-backed OCEAN_2G project.
The device achieved generation of 400kW during tow tests off Vigo and now the aim is to build up the Atir’s power output to 2MW at EMEC.
Magallanes chief executive Alejandro Marques de Magallanes said: “We are very pleased with the tow testing results and for the Atir to have now started its voyage to EMEC.
“This marks a key milestone in the OCEAN_2G project, and brings us a step closer to testing and validating the device and successfully generating electricity through tidal power.”