World’s largest tidal turbine prepares for trials in Belfast
Posted on: 27/05/2016

At 550 tonnes, the world’s largest energy generating tidal turbine has been launched. Scotrenewables Tidal Power launched the machine at Harland & Wolff Heavy Industries Limited earlier this month in Belfast, and will undergo preliminary tow trials in Belfast Lough before being towed to the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney to commence a grid connected test programme.

The Orkney-based firm will expect the turbine design to deliver a step-change cost and risk reduction to the commercial tidal energy sector. They have received more than £25 million from various investors including ABB, the Scottish government’s Renewable Energy Investment Fund, DP Energy, Fred. Olsen Group and Total New Energies.

Chief executive, Andrew Scott, said:

“This is an exciting time for the company and a major milestone to reach, and is the result of an enormous effort by a dedicated team at Scotrenewables.”

Known as 2MW SR2000, steel fabrication took place over 12 months at Harland & Wolff shipyard. The giant turbine is the culmination of over 12 years of a detailed R&D programme.

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