SKF visit to SR2000 in Belfast
SKF Ocean Energy team were in Harland and Wolff recently to inspect the final commissioning phase of Scotrenewables SR2000 floating tidal turbine before launch in March. SKF have been working with the engineering team at SRTP to supply a number of key components and systems for the turbine as well as providing engineering services, the scope includes: bearing and seal solutions, a turret slew bearing, automatic lubrication systems and condition monitoring system. SKF have also signed a memorandum of understanding with Scotrenewables that sets out SKF's ongoing commitment to support the company through to full commercialisation of its technology.
Jim Marnoch, Ocean Energy Manager at SKF said, "SKF believe the SR2000 floating design has obvious benefits in terms of access and maintainability, which can contribute to lowering the levelised Cost of Energy of the tidal sector."
SRTP CEO, Andrew Scott, said: “It’s essential to the success of the tidal sector that we have buy-in from the major supply chain companies who have the right expertise to optimise their existing technologies for this new application - and stand behind that supply, so it is a tremendous reassurance for Scotrenewables to have this commitment and relationship from a supplier of SKF’s standing as we work towards commercialising our product.”