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

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 powerful tidal turbine when it enters operation later next year (2020) as part of a long term project at the European Marine Energy Centre, Orkney. Improvements in Orbital’s platform design have allowed for a rotor diameter increase of 4m on the company’s previous, record breaking, 2MW SR2000 turbine, with the O2 capable of producing electricity for over 1,700 UK homes.

Andrew Scott, Orbital’s Chief Executive Officer, said: 

“A C Marine & Composites have an impressive track record in delivering high quality composites solutions to a range of sectors including marine energy.   We are delighted that they are supporting the commercialisation of our technology through the O2 project.

We believe this contract demonstrates the strong potential for the UK’s advanced materials sector to supply high value components to the emerging, global tidal stream market.”

Alex Newton, Director, A C Marine & Composites said:

“We are extremely proud to have been awarded this contract by Orbital Marine; becoming part of the wider UK supply chain for the O2 project. Our structured production philosophy and in-house resin infusion technology will no doubt add value to this commercial tidal stream project. This is also a great opportunity for A C Marine & Composites to work on a project that will have a positive impact on the environment, whilst reaffirming the UK’s commitment to renewables.”

Orbital’s contract with ACMC follows recent contract awards as part of the overall build programme for the O2; these include the O2 platform manufacturing contract to TEXO Group in Dundee and an anchors contract to FAUN Trackway in Anglesey.

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Media contacts at Orbital Marine Power:

James Murray, Business Development Manager: 01856 851641 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Paul Taylor, Taylor Keogh Communications: 020 8392 8250 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For Scottish media enquiries, David Budge: 0141 249 0396 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Notes to editor:

About Orbital Marine Power Ltd.

  • Orbital Marine Power Ltd is an innovative Scottish engineering company focused on the development of a tidal energy turbine technology capable of producing a step-change reduction in the cost of energy from tidal currents. The company’s novel floating technology offers a low-cost solution for simplified and safe manufacture, installation, access and maintenance along with the ability to use low cost, small workboats for all offshore operations. The company currently employs 30 staff with offices in Orkney and Edinburgh.
  • The Orbital technology has been under continuous engineering development, including rigorous testing of scaled systems in both tank conditions and open ocean environments, since the company was founded in Orkney in 2002. Orbital were the first company in the world to successfully grid connect a floating tidal turbine in 2011 with their 250kW scale system which was operated at EMEC.
  • In 2016 the company launched the SR2000, the world’s most powerful tidal stream turbine. The SR2000 produced in excess of 3GWh of electricity over its initial 12 month continuous test programme. At the time this represented more power from a single turbine than had been generated cumulatively by the wave and tidal sector in Scotland over the 12 years prior to the launch of the SR2000.
  • The Orbital O2 will comprise of a 72m long floating superstructure, supporting two 1 MW turbines at either side for a nameplate power output of 2MW, at a tidal current speed of 2.5 m/s. With rotor diameters of 20m, it will have a 600sq metre rotor area, the largest ever on a single tidal generating platform to date.
  • In October 2018 Orbital opened a £7m crowd funding debenture on the London-based Abundance Investment platform to support the build of the O2 turbine with the target being met inside 10 weeks.
  • The O2 have also been awarded a £3.4m grant from the Scottish Government (in August 2019) from the £10m Saltire Tidal Energy Challenge Fund.
  • The O2 project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the FloTEC project (grant agreement No. 691916) and the European Regional Development Fund through the Interreg North West Europe Programme under the ITEG project.
  • This project has also received support under the framework of the OCEANERA-NET COFUND project, with funding provided by national / regional sources and co-funding by the European Union's Horizon2020 research and innovation programme.
  • Orbital Marine Power Limited (formerly called Scotrenewables Tidal Power Limited) is a privately held company, main shareholders are the McGrath Group headed by Scottish entrepreneur Matt McGrath and Scottish Enterprise via the Energy Investment Fund.

About AC Marine & Composites Ltd

  • A C Marine & Composites is an industry leader in the manufacture of composite components. We are trusted, transparent and innovative, and invest wisely in equipment and personnel. Home is a 22,000 sq ft production facility on the south coast of England. This workshop gives us the versatility to build on traditional methods, ensuring we can create solutions with the precision we – and our customers – expect.
  • We work hard to refine existing processes and develop new ones. Regular reporting continuously improves our output and reassures customers about production quality and speed.
  • Developing our people is also a priority. At ACM&C experienced craftsmen work with, and empower, the next generation of composites experts. In-house training is reviewed and updated regularly. Our strong team ethos is extended to the way we work with customers – we operate an open-door approach that builds understanding and trust in equal measure.
  • https://acmarineandcomposites.com/about-us/
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Orbital scoops award for Blue Economy Enterprise of the Year

Orbital Marine Power scooped the Rural Blue Award for Blue Economy Enterprise of the Year at the inaugural Scottish Highlands and Islands Rural Economy (SHIREs) Awards in front of a packed audience at the Kingsmill Hotel, Inverness last night.

The SHIREs awards celebrate the very best of Scotland's vibrant modern rural economy.

Orbital Marine Power was founded in the Highlands and Islands, in Orkney in 2002 and has performed advanced engineering, development and offshore testing of its world leading floating tidal technology from its headquarters in Kirkwall since then.

The company is also widely engaged with the engineering and offshore supply chain across the Highlands and Islands region and works closely with research partners at the University of the Highlands and Islands and Heriot-Watt University - Orkney campus. 

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Award being accepted by James Murray, Business Development Manager at Orbital

https://www.spp-group.com/the-shires-conference-awards/

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PRESS RELEASE: Orbital Marine Power teams up with SKF for its power train supply on world’s most powerful tidal turbine.

Orbital announces a strategic contract with SKF for the supply of the fully integrated power trains on its upcoming O2 2MW floating tidal turbine, which will become the world’s most powerful tidal turbine when it enters operation at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney in 2020.

The landmark contract brings the industrial capabilities of SKF in behind Orbital Marine’s world leading technology. It also provides Orbital with access to the resources of one of Europe’s largest OEM’s. SKF has an annual turnover of over £6bn in global equipment sales and services.

This latest announcement builds on an existing agreement which sees the blade pitching hubs for the machine also being supplied by the Swedish headquartered engineering and manufacturing giant.

Orbital has been working with SKF for the supply of critical bearing and sealing components since 2011; in both its 250kW unit and the SR2000-2MW unit, which produced in excess of 3GWh of electricity over its initial 12-month continuous test programme at EMEC.

However, the commercial supply arrangement for the O2 2MW turbine is a departure from the historical component supply model to one where SKF is providing Orbital fully integrated drivetrain solutions covering both nacelles and pitching hubs for the world’s most advanced tidal turbine.

Talking about the relationship, Orbital Marine’s CEO, Andrew Scott, said: “At Orbital Marine we are about delivering a total, innovative solution that enables low cost tidal stream energy. Commercialising our technology will create an entirely new global market for power generation equipment and services and we are delighted to be working with SKF to unlock this.”

Michael Baumann, Business Development Manager Marine and Ocean Energy at SKF said: “We are a technical partner to advanced tidal turbine device developers for almost a decade now and are delighted that our long-term partnership with Orbital evolves to the next major step from providing main mechanical sub-systems to fully integrated power train solutions. We see tremendous potential for floating tidal technology due to its low installation and operating costs and are keen to create value-adding solutions for our customers.”

Orbital’s contract that has been placed with SKF follows recent contract awards as part of the overall build programme for he the O2; these include the O2 manufacturing contract to TEXO Group in Dundee and an anchors contract to FAUN Trackway in Anglesey.

The announcement also follows the Scottish Government’s award (in August 2019) of a £3.4m grant to Orbital Marine; this money is drawn from the Scottish Government’s £10m Saltire Tidal Energy Challenge Fund.

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Media contacts at Orbital Marine Power:

David Budge, BudgePR: 0141 249 0396 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

James Murray, Business Development Manager: 01856 851641 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Notes to editor:

About Orbital Marine Power Ltd.

  • Orbital Marine Power Ltd is an innovative Scottish engineering company focused on the development of a tidal energy turbine technology capable of producing a step-change reduction in the cost of energy from tidal currents. The company’s novel floating technology offers a low-cost solution for simplified and safe manufacture, installation, access and maintenance along with the ability to use low cost, small workboats for all offshore operations. The company currently employs 30 staff with offices in Orkney and Edinburgh.
  • The Orbital technology has been under continuous engineering development, including rigorous testing of scaled systems in both tank conditions and open ocean environments, since the company was founded in Orkney in 2002. Orbital were the first company in the world to successfully grid connect a floating tidal turbine in 2011 with their 250kW scale system which was operated at EMEC.
  • In 2016 the company launched the SR2000, the world’s most powerful tidal stream turbine. The SR2000 produced in excess of 3GWh of electricity over its initial 12 month continuous test programme. At the time this represented more power from a single turbine than had been generated cumulatively by the wave and tidal sector in Scotland over the 12 years prior to the launch of the SR2000.
  • The Orbital O2 will comprise of a 72m long floating superstructure, supporting two 1 MW turbines at either side for a nameplate power output of 2MW, at a tidal current speed of 2.5 m/s. With rotor diameters of 20m, it will have a 600sq metre rotor area, the largest ever on a single tidal generating platform to date.
  • In October 2018 Orbital opened a £7m crowd funding debenture on the London-based Abundance Investment platform to support the build of the O2 turbine with the target being met inside 10 weeks.
  • The O2 project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the FloTEC project (grant agreement No. 691916) and the European Regional Development Fund through the Interreg North West Europe Programme under the ITEG project.
  • This project has also received support under the framework of the OCEANERA-NET COFUND project, with funding provided by national / regional sources and co-funding by the European Union's Horizon2020 research and innovation programme.
  • Orbital Marine Power Limited (formerly called Scotrenewables Tidal Power Limited) is a privately held company, main shareholders are the McGrath Group headed by Scottish entrepreneur Matt McGrath and Scottish Enterprise via the Energy Investment Fund.

About SKF

SKF’s mission is to be the undisputed leader in the bearing business. SKF offers solutions around the rotating shaft, including bearings, seals, lubrication management, condition monitoring and maintenance services. SKF is represented in more than 130 countries and has around 17,000 distributor locations worldwide. Annual sales in 2018 were SEK 85 713 million and the number of employees was 44,428. www.skf.com ® SKF is a registered trademark of the SKF Group.

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Game-changing Tidal Energy Project Approved For Channel Regions

Interreg France (Channel) England Programme has approved the biggest ever Interreg project that will prove to be game-changing for the European tidal stream energy sector.

Bringing together 19 organisations including Orbital, the Tidal Stream Industry Energiser Project, known as TIGER, is an ambitious €46.8m project, of which €28m (69%) comes from the European Regional Development Fund via the Interreg France (Channel) England Programme.

Andrew Scott, CEO, Orbital Marine said, "The TIGER project presents an exciting opportunity for Orbital Marine to deliver a step change reduction in what is already a proven, low cost approach to tidal stream energy. In doing so we can accelerate the era of commercial tidal stream power in both French and UK waters and beyond.”

Full Press release here:

TIGER Press Release

TIGER Press Release EMEC