Plans are progressing for the second phase of the world’s largest tidal energy project off the North coast of Scotland. Simec Atlantis Energy will be putting forward part two of its MeyGen project into allocation round four (AR4) of the Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme. The subsidy regime, which is the UK Government’s main mechanism for support low-carbon electricity generation, is due to open in late summer.
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Orbital Marine Power has deployed its 2MW tidal turbine, the Orbital O2. It’s on its way to trials at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in the Orkney Islands. It’s the largest power station of its type the world. When towed to its position, the vessel is anchored in place by 4 mooring chains. The blades are then lowered into the water by the support arms. With a swept area of more than 600m2, each 10m blade is capable of generating 1MW. The electricity generated is transferred from the turbine unit via a dynamic cable to the seabed and a static cable along the seabed to the local onshore electricity network. It’s big, at 680 tonnes, and 74m long, but it is designed to be serviceable by simple low cost rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) which the operators hope will reduce lifetime operating costs.
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