Strongest tidal turbine begins to export green electricity: A tidal turbine believed to be the worlds most powerful of its kind has been linked to the grid & begun producing electricity at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) located in Scotland.
Orbital Marine Power’s 74-metre ‘O2’ turbine is secured in the Fall of Warness where an undersea cable joins the 2MW offshore unit with the nearby onshore electricity network.
It is anticipated to function in the waters off Orkney over the coming 15 years, with the ability to fulfil the electricity needs of nearly 2,000 UK homes per year.
In what is known to be an additional “ground-breaking” feature, the O2 will supply power to EMEC’s onshore electrolyser to make green hydrogen designed to be used to demonstrate decarbonisation of broader energy demands.
Orbital CEO Andrew Scott stated: “This is a major milestone for the O2 & I would like to commend the whole team at Orbital & our supply chain for delivering this pioneering renewable energy project safely & successfully.
“Our vision is that this project is the trigger to the harnessing of tidal stream resources all over the world to play a role in tackling climate change whilst creating a new, low carbon industrial sector.”
Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Michael Matheson, said that the project is a “proud moment” for Scotland as well as a “significant milestone” in the nation’s path to net zero.
Orbital is now seeking to commercialise its tech using the deployment of multiple MW displays.
Strongest tidal turbine begins to export green electricity