PRESS RELEASE: Orbital Marine Power places O2 tidal turbine anchor fabrication contract with FAUN Trackway Limited.
Orbital Marine Power Ltd (Orbital), the world’s leading developers of floating tidal stream turbines, have selected FAUN Trackway® to manufacture the anchors for their new O2 tidal turbine at FAUN Trackway®’s facilities in Llangefni, North Wales.
As pace gathers around the manufacture of the O2 turbine FAUN Trackway® have been engaged to manufacture four steel anchor structures, along with bespoke mooring connectors, that will be installed in the Fall of Warness, Orkney where Orbital have an existing berth and grid connection with the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC).
The O2 is an optimised version of Orbital’s hugely successful SR2000 turbine and with an ability to generate in excess of 2MW the O2, like the SR2000 before it, will become the world’s most powerful tidal turbine when it enters operation later in 2020 at EMEC.
Commenting on the contract award Orbital CEO, Andrew Scott, said: “This is a transformational project for Orbital, and for the tidal sector, and these anchors will have the important job of holding the O2 on station so it can generate gigawatt hours of clean, predictable power from the strong tides we have around Orkney – so we are delighted to be engaging the experience and precision of FAUN Trackway® for this critical supply.”
Gareth Williams, Engineering Manager for FAUN Trackway®, said: “We’re excited to get involved and provide value to this great project. The manufacture of the anchor structures and bespoke mooring connections will fully utilise our design for manufacture (DFM), engineering and production methodologies to provide a cost effective solution for Orbital. Components will be manufactured, tested, inspected and coated to stringent DNV standards to ensure the high integrity components stand the test of time”.
David Jones, Director for Marine Energy Wales, said: “This is another example of how the marine energy sector is providing supply chain companies across the UK with diversification opportunities. It is really positive to see FAUN moving into this innovative low carbon sector successfully and for Welsh companies to be supporting world leading UK tidal developers.”
Whilst these anchors are destined for Scottish waters Orbital are also berth holders at the Morlais tidal energy project venture off Anglesey in North Wales which is seeking to provide a route to larger arrays of tidal turbines. Speaking of the future opportunity Scott said: “This first O2 build is demonstrating the industrial opportunities that can be captured and grown by a UK supply chain if commercial projects like Morlais come to fruition, and we look forward to working with UK Government to help realise that.”
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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 O2.
- The Orbital O2 will comprise of a 73m 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 FAUN Trackway.
FAUN Trackway Limited (FAUN Trackway®), is a division of the KIRCHHOFF Group. Originally Lairds (Anglesey) Ltd, the company boasts a unique heritage in bespoke manufacturing projects. Providing premium products and tailored solutions across an array of industries, FAUN Trackway® specialises in design engineering, bespoke fabrications, painting, and welding through their three sectors Trackway® Defence, Trackway® Access and Trackway® Engineering.
About Morlais Tidal Project.
The Morlais Tidal Energy Project is being developed with part funding by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government, to facilitate commercial deployments of a range of tidal energy technologies and has the potential to create one of the largest tidal stream energy sites in the world. Menter Môn was first awarded rights to develop the site from the Crown Estate in 2014. The Morlais project has secured a grid connection offer and following completion of environmental assessments, a consent application is due to be submitted in Autumn 2019.
PRESS RELEASE: Made in Scotland Award Winner
Orbital Marine Power was named as the Insider Made in Scotland Award winner 2019 at the 4th annual awards event in the Glasgow Science Centre last night for their pioneering work in developing a world leading tidal energy technology.
Andrew Scott, CEO of Orbital, attending the awards said:
"We are honoured and delighted with this recognition for an achievement built on a tremendous amount of hard work and dedication from the team in Orbital over many years. And we are excited to already be working on the next chapter of our Made in Scotland journey, in the build of the commercial O2 turbine; confident it will bring about the start of a global tidal energy industry".
The independent judging panel said of Orbital that “The company excels in an important sector and builds on the strengths of engineering in Scotland and looks to the future”.
The judges also said that it “demonstrates innovation in more than one way” and that “Orbital has a technology which is eminently scalable anywhere”.
The Business Insider Made in Scotland Awards in partnership with the University of Strathclyde's Advanced Forming Research Centre champions all aspects of transformational discoveries and developments made in Scotland.
PRESS RELEASE: Young Professional Green Energy Awards Nomination
Orbital Marine Power’s Lead Technician, Ryan Doull, has been shortlisted for the ‘Project Development Award’ at the Scottish Renewables Young Professionals Green Energy Awards 2019.
Joining Orbital as an electrical technician during the build of the SR2000 2MW, he quickly progressed to Lead Electrical Technician, and as a result of his attention to detail and hard work is now leading a technical team across a range of disciplines.
Dan Wise, Orbital’s Head of Offshore Operations said:
“From the outset, Ryan showed an eagerness to take on additional responsibility, and his leadership skills were clearly apparent. Ryan has demonstrated a versatile approach to his career being equally happy working in harsh offshore environments and became a key member of the Operations and Maintenance team during the SR2000 project.”
Throughout 2019, Ryan has been contributing to construction and operations planning for Orbital’s upcoming commercial model, the O2 2MW to support optimisations in the turbine’s assembly, outfitting and maintenance processes.
The awards ceremony will take place on the 30th May in Glasgow.
Full awards detail here:
Statement on SALTIRE TIDAL ENERGY CHALLENGE FUND
The Scottish Government has launched a £10 million fund to support commercial deployment of tidal energy generation in Scottish waters through driving innovation and reduction in the cost of electricity generated. Responding to the announcement, Andrew Scott, CEO of Orbital Marine said:
“The tidal industry is at an exciting point; nowhere else in the world are thousands of homes being powered from predictable, renewable tidal stream energy other than Scotland. This achievement has been the result of a lot of hard work and commitment over the years from both Scottish Government and the industry.
As a Scottish technology developer who has contributed to this progress we applaud the Scottish Government for recognising the unique challenges that we now must overcome to commercialise technologies and grow an industry that can deliver further success domestically and globally.”
Media Enquiries: James Murray, Business Development Manager, Orbital Marine Power
Tel. 01856 851641