CULTURAL and economic links between Scotland and Bavaria have existed for decades and they continue to prosper as renewable power sources become increasingly important in our world. Orbital Marine Power is a Scottish engineering firm focused on innovative ways of developing a tidal energy turbine to dramatically reduce the cost of energy from tidal currents. Later this month Orbital’s O2 turbine – the world’s most powerful tidal turbine – will be loaded on to a barge from the quayside at Prince Edward Wharf in Dundee, where it is being constructed, and shipped to the waters off Orkney at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC). Among Orbital’s collaborators on the project are SKF Deutschland, the Bavarian branch of a Swedish multinational. The Orbital O2 has a unique and futuristic design at 72 metres long with 600sqm rotors – the largest to be used on a tidal generator – and award-winning “gull wing” retractable legs to ease access to the machine’s underwater systems.
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MPs on the Environmental Audit Committee have urged government to seize the opportunities presented by tidal energy to deliver on the UK’s electricity needs while address the drive to carbon net zero. Conclusions that government must engage with the tidal power industry and provide revenue support follow a three month examination of tidal power technologies in the UK, which forms part of the committee’s continuing inquiry into Technological Innovations and Climate Change. The committee’s support for the potential of tidal power technologies has been welcomed by the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC). EMEC managing director Neil Kermode said: “The evidence provided to the Environmental Audit Committee clearly demonstrates the considerable potential that tidal stream energy offers the UK energy mix, not just in providing a sustainable and predictable low-carbon energy source, but also the economic benefits to the UK of leading the development of tidal energy technologies and the supporting supply chain.”
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