The Scotrenewables SR2000 tidal turbine has now generated over 18MWh within a continuous 24-hour testing period, matching the performance of established offshore wind turbines.
The Horizon 2020 SR200 project reached its 2MW-rated capacity earlier in April and is currently undergoing a comprehensive, grid-connected test programme at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, Scotland. The test focuses on demonstrating the power and hydrodynamic performance of the floating turbine technology in parallel with a low-cost maintenance and vessel strategy.
CEO of Scotrenewables, Andrew Scott, said: “Recognising we are still in the early stages of our demonstration programme this is a tremendously reassuring level of performance to be achieving, one which provides further confidence in our technology’s ability to deliver a significant step reduction in the cost of energy from tidal stream and meet our future customers’ needs.”
Jonathan Meason, Scotrenewables’ engineering manager, added that the SR2000 is providing invaluable experience and validation of the company’s engineering – both of which are informing the optimisation exercise which Scotrenewables is undertaking within its flagship Horizon 2020 project “FloTEC” – a collaborative industry and supply chain initiative aimed at further reducing the cost of energy from the company’s technology and providing the basis to commence commercial sales.