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Orbital Marine Power takes final lessons from SR2000 tidal turbine and brings prototype programme to a close

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ISSUE DATE: 12/08/20  Orbital Marine Power Ltd (Orbital), working with Thompsons of Prudhoe and Port of Blyth, have decommissioned their prototype 2MW SR2000 floating tidal turbine. Heavy lift specialists Mammoet managed the tandem lift of the 516-tonne structure out of the water and onto the Blyth quayside in what was the port’s largest heavy lift to date. Orbital are reclaiming key components and elements of the turbine to carry out engineering inspections, with the remainder of the structure to be dismantled for recycling and disposal. The unit was towed from Orkney to the Northumberland facility by Leask Marine using the C-Odyssey vessel. The...

Orbital Marine Power teams up with Black & Veatch for tidal turbine optimisation

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ISSUE DATE: 07/07/20 Orbital Marine Power Ltd (Orbital), the world’s leading developer of floating tidal stream turbines, has appointed Black & Veatch as Lead Engineering Partner to support technology optimisation and cost reduction engineering under the company’s €5m R&D programme. Supported by the INTERREG France (Channel) England TIGER project, the four year programme will build on Orbital’s unique floating tidal turbine technology, the O2, in a focused initiative to identify and de-risk innovations capable of accelerating cost reductions for tidal stream energy.   Commenting on the programme Andrew Scott, CEO, Orbital Marine Power said: “A central strand to the development of our O2...

Orbital Marine Power announces new Commercial Director

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ISSUE DATE: 22/04/20   Orbital Marine Power Ltd (Orbital), the world’s leading developer of floating tidal stream turbines, has appointed Oliver Wragg as their Commercial Director. Before joining Orbital Oliver was the Commercial Director at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) Ltd for over six years where he oversaw significant growth in activities supporting and delivering a multitude of industry initiatives and flagship projects. Oliver has been an active board member of Ocean Energy Europe since 2010 and in 2012 was awarded the Lennard Senior Prize for Outstanding Individual Achievement in the field of marine energy. Commenting on the appointment Orbital CEO, Andrew Scott,...

PRESS RELEASE: Orbital Marine Power awards blades contract for O2 tidal turbine to A C Marine & Composites, Gosport

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Orbital Marine Power Ltd (Orbital), the world’s leading developer of floating tidal stream turbines, has awarded the composite blades contract for the company’s first commercial O2 tidal turbine to A C Marine & Composites (ACMC) who will carry out the manufacturing at their facilities in Gosport, Hampshire, England.  The contract will see ACMC build 10m composite blades for both of the O2’s twin rotors (four blades in total) giving the machine a swept area of over 600 square meters, the largest ever on a tidal turbine. The O2, capable of generating over 2MW from tidal stream resources, will become the world’s most...