A recent report by Scotrenewables Tidal Power Ltd. states that its tidal turbine deployed at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) for testing has managed to reach 2mW, its rated power generation capacity.
Specifically, the turbine (called SR2000) was able to reach its fully rated power on April 12 after more than a year of undergoing a phased testing program. It was constructed and tested when Scotrenewables received the Recommendations for Support award from the Funding Ocean Renewable Energy through Strategic European Action (FORESEA) project, among other 14 offshore renewable energy technologies.
Expressing his opinion on this recent achievement, Scotrenewables CEO Andrew Scott said:
“We are tremendously excited to have the SR2000 demonstrating the performance and cost advantages of our floating tidal technology, in line with forecasts, whilst delivering new benchmarks within the tidal sector. This performance resets the bar for the costs of delivering tidal power. Achieving this industry milestone is a goal the team at Scotrenewables have worked tirelessly towards for a long time — the credit lies with them for these fantastic achievements.”
Managing director of EMEC, Neil Kermode, also commented:
“Everybody at EMEC offers their congratulations to Scotrenewables in reaching peak power on the SR2000. This milestone is a testament to years of hard work and dedication shown by the Scotrenewables team. It further demonstrates that through dogged, unrelenting innovation tidal energy is getting ever closer to becoming part of our carbon-free energy mix.”
Now, Scotrenewables said that it will concentrate on boosting the generation capacity of the SR2000 tidal turbine even more, while trying to keep operational cost low, to accommodate future needs.