The world’s most powerful tidal turbine, which is due to begin testing in Orkney, has been hailed as a potential “game changer” by Business, Innovation and Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse.
At 63m in length, Scotrenewables’ SR2000 is longer than Edinburgh’s Scott Monument and is capable of generating 2MW of power - enough to meet the needs of approximately 1,000 homes over the course of a year.
Mr Wheelhouse visited Hatston pier where the unit is undergoing final commissioning checks in advance of being connected to its mooring system on the European Marine Energy Centre’s (EMEC) test site in Orkney.
Orkney based Scotrenewables Tidal Power has launched its 2MW SR2000, the world’s largest energy generating tidal turbine.
The company, which is at the forefront of the floating tidal technology sector, launched the 550 tonne machine at Harland & Wolff Heavy Industries Ltd in Belfast on Thursday May 12th. This is the first commercial scale machine the company has built. The turbine will undergo preliminary tow trials in Belfast Lough before being towed to the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney to commence a grid connected test programme.
The SR2000 is the culmination of more than 12 years of a detailed...