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PRESS RELEASE: SCOTRENEWABLES TIDAL POWER COMMENCES SITE PREPARATION FOR COMMERCIAL PRODUCTION UNIT

Record breaking SR2000 turbine to be recovered from European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney ahead of site preparations for optimised production model.

In a move to start site preparation work for their optimised 2MW floating tidal turbine, Scotrenewables Tidal Power have started work to remove the SR2000 turbine from its test berth at EMEC.  The SR2000’s withdrawal from service at EMEC follows a record breaking year of testing which saw it generate in excess of 3GWh of renewable electricity.  

CEO Andrew Scott said: “The last 12 months have provided unrivalled validation of our engineering and, more importantly, our low cost, low risk solution for tidal stream energy. Our priority now is to ensure we build on this success with the delivery of our next generation turbine, which is supported by EU Horizon2020 funding under the FloTEC project. Having completed the engineering designs for the SR2-2000, we are now preparing for the build and installation phase – this will see the new, optimised unit installed at EMEC. As such, we need to start preparing the site for that installation and concentrate our resources on the build.”  The new SR2-2000 is scheduled to be launched next year and deployed in the early part of 2020.

Commenting on the future of the SR2000, Andrew Scott said: “We are immensely proud of what the SR2000 has achieved in its first year of near-continuous operation, having broken all previous records.  Its exceptional performance has been widely acknowledged, and we are now in discussions with a number of interested parties on the potential to re-deploy the turbine at other sites internationally.”

 

Media contacts at Scotrenewables Tidal Power Ltd:

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.

 

ABOUT SCOTRENEWABLES TIDAL POWER (www.orbitalmarine.com)

  • 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 SR2000 was launched from Belfast’s Harland & Wolff shipyard 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 optimised model of the SR2000 machine, the SR2-2000. Leveraging £7m Horizon 2020 funding Scotrenewables is lead an industrial consortium to optimise the SR2000 under the “FloTEC” project. 
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PRESS RELEASE: SCOTRENEWABLES TIDAL CLOCKS RECORD LEVEL OF POWER GENERATION

Tidal stream prototype generates 3GWh of predictable renewable electricity in under 12 months

at European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney

Scotrenewables Tidal Power has set another record with its first 2MW floating tidal stream turbine with the unit clocking up over 3GWh of renewable electricity in its first year of testing at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, Scotland. 

In 12 months of continuous operation, including during the worst winter storms in recent years, the pioneering SR2000 – the world’s most powerful operating tidal stream turbine - has supplied the equivalent annual electricity demand of around 830 UK households and at times has been supplying over 25% of the electricity demand of the Orkney Islands.

Underlining the significance of the company’s achievement, and its contribution to the progress of the tidal industry, the 3GWh generated by the SR2000 over the past 12 months is more power than that generated by the entire wave and tidal energy sectors in Scotland in the twelve years prior to the launch of the SR2000 in 2016.

The team at Scotrenewables believes that this, combined with Meygen’s generation of over 8GWh over the past year from four tidal turbines deployed in the Pentland Firth, is convincing evidence of tidal power’s market readiness.

Andrew Scott, Chief Executive Officer of Scotrenewables Tidal Power said: “The SR2000’s phenomenal performance has set a new benchmark for the tidal industry. Despite being an R&D project, and it being our first full scale turbine, its first year of testing has delivered a performance level approaching that of widely deployed mature renewable technologies”.

“The ability to easily access the SR2000 for routine maintenance has been a significant factor in our ability to generate electricity at such levels over the past 12 months, including over winter.  In addition, accessing the SR2000 using “RIBs” and other similar types of low-cost vessel means that our operating costs and outage times are kept to a minimum.”

With support from the EU’s Horizon 2020 scheme, Scotrenewables Tidal Power is planning to start the build of a 2MW commercial production unit later in the year which will also go to Orkney for testing before the company targets sales of the turbine.

Andrew Scott added: “The SR2000 has completed the job of demonstrating that we have a breakthrough technology and we will now be shifting all our focus and resources towards building on that success with a product which we are confident can enable a new industry created around a predictable renewable energy source.”

Commenting on UK government policy, Andrew Scott said: “We are dismayed that there is a total lack of market support here in the UK for our technology, and we have no option but to focus our business on overseas opportunities.”

In May 2018, a report from the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult said that the tidal stream industry could generate a net cumulative benefit to the UK of £1,400m, including considerable exports, and support 4,000 jobs by 2030.

 

Media contacts at Scotrenewables Tidal Power Ltd:

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.

 

ABOUT SCOTRENEWABLES TIDAL POWER (www.orbitalmarine.com)

  • 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 SR2000 was launched from Belfast’s Harland & Wolff shipyard 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.
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Statement on TIDAL STREAM AND WAVE ENERGY COST REDUCTION AND INDUSTRIAL BENEFIT report by ORE CATAPULT.

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Scotrenewables Tidal Power, the leading developer of floating tidal energy systems, welcomes the TIDAL STREAM AND WAVE ENERGY COST REDUCTION AND INDUSTRIAL BENEFIT report, published by ORE Catapult today.  Speaking at All-Energy in Glasgow, Andrew Scott, Chief Executive Officer of Scotrenewables Tidal Power said, “

 “The ORE Catapult study presents a hugely compelling case to implement structured commercial markets for tidal energy that will enable the investment required to build the tidal energy industry in the UK. The report validates our own cost analysis of our 2MW SR2000 turbine which has been successfully operating at EMEC over the past year.

This is an industry with an existing supply chain which can grow substantially more if the right market framework is put in place. There is a massive opportunity to build the tidal sector in the UK and a global export industry, based around skills and technology. And let’s not forget that this industrial opportunity can be realised whilst capturing the environmental, economic and security benefits which come from a predictable renewable energy source.”

 

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Media Enquiries: James Murray, Business Development Manager, Scotrenewables Tidal Power

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Tel. 01856 851641

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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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Media contacts at Scotrenewables Tidal Power Ltd:

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.

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SR2000 2017 TEST PROGRAMME HIGHLIGHTS FILM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h1SS9CN088

 

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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