Simec Atlantis Energy, the once Australia based and now global developer, owner, and operator of the world’s largest operational tidal stream array, has published an operational update on its 6MW MeyGen tidal stream project in Scotland, along with expansion plans to add an additional 80 MW. According to Atlantis, since its initiation in 2018 the MeyGen tidal stream array in Pentland Firth has generated 24.7 GWh of renewable electricity to the UK national grid. In 2019 alone, MeyGen generated 13.8 GWh of electricity to the grid – the equivalent of the average annual consumption of around 3,800 UK households.
Renew Economy 29th Jan 2020 read more »
A tidal power project off the north coast of Scotland sent a record of more than 13.8 gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity to the grid last year, almost double the previous high of 7.4 GWh in 2018. In total, the MeyGen tidal stream array has now exported more than 25.5 GWh of electricity to the grid since 2017, according to owners Simec Atlantis Energy. Phase 1A of the project is made up of four 1.5 megawatt (MW) turbines. The 13.8 GWh of electricity sent in 2019 equates to the average yearly electricity consumption of roughly 3,800 homes in the UK, according to the company. In addition to the production of electricity, Atlantis is also planning to develop an “ocean-powered data centre” near the MeyGen project. The European Commission has estimated that ocean energy could potentially contribute roughly 10 per cent of the European Union’s power demand by the year 2050.
Capital.com 28th Jan 2020 read more »