PRESS RELEASE: Scotrenewables powers through winter storms.
Performance statistics released by Orkney based Scotrenewables Tidal Power confirm its SR2000 tidal current turbine delivered impressive generation throughout heavy North Atlantic storms which battered the Orkney Islands in late autumn and early winter.
During this period, the surface floating SR2000 endured wave heights in excess of 7m. The turbine also managed to maintain continuous generation in sea states of over 4m significant wave height and maintained 2MW rated power in seas of 2m significant wave height – demonstrating the turbine is capable of generating through around 99% of conditions experienced at the Orkney site.
Scotrenewables has been testing its SR2000, the world’s most powerful tidal stream turbine, at EMEC’s Fall of Warness test site since August 2017 and the SR2000 will continue to run through 2018. Over the past five months, the SR2000 has generated in excess of 1.2GWh.
Speaking on the performance Scotrenewables CEO, Andrew Scott, said: “This is only our first winter operating the 2MW unit and we are already fully validating the strong performance and stability of the turbine in really harsh conditions.”
The company has also confirmed that it has only been using low cost vessels for all turbine maintenance and inspections through the period, and has demonstrated service response times of under 1 hour along with ship-to-turbine crew transfers in up to 2m significant wave heights. In reference to this Scott said: “Low cost tidal energy is dependent on being able to maintain turbines cost effectively and maximise generator up time. With our locally stationed service team using small boats, as well as ability to access the turbine in a range of sea conditions, we are proving Scotrenewables have this essential capability with our technology and approach.”
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ABOUT SCOTRENEWABLES TIDAL POWER:
Scotrenewables Tidal Power Limited is an innovative Scottish engineering company focused on the development of a tidal energy turbine technology with the potential to produce 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 26 staff with offices in Orkney and Edinburgh.
The 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. In 2012 the company achieved a world’s first when it exported power to the UK grid from its 250kW floating scale model.
The current SR2000, the world’s largest operating tidal turbine, was launched from the Harland & Wolff shipyard, Belfast, in May 2016 before being towed to Orkney.
The SR2000 project has been supported by Scottish Enterprise’s WATERS II scheme along with investments from Scotrenewables’ shareholders which include ABB, DP Energy, Fred Olsen, Total and Scottish Government via the Renewable Energy Investment Fund (REIF). The testing programme at EMEC is supported via the FORESEA Interreg-NWE funded project.
Scotrenewables has been selected by the European Commission to lead on the engineering and delivery of an enhanced model of the SR2000 machine. Leveraging £7m Horizon 2020 funding Scotrenewables will lead an industrial consortium to optimise the SR2000 under the “FloTEC” project which is scheduled to run until 2019.
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