A fantastic European project: during its first year of testing, the SR2000 tidal turbine generated 3 GWh of renewable energy without a hitch in the most extreme conditions.
It has weathered Scotland’s worst storms in recent years while efficiently and continuously producing clean energy. We are talking about the SR2000, the most powerful floating tidal turbine ever built in the world.
The European project Flotec (Floating Tidal Energy Commercialization) has been testing it since summer 2017 at the European Marine Energy Center (EMEC) in the Orkney Islands of Scotland. And the first results hit the mark: in 12 months of testing, this 2 MW unit was able to produce 3 GWh of electricity from tidal energy.
Twelve months of continuous and constant operation, covering the equivalent of the annual electricity demand of some 830 UK households and, over several days, more than 25% of the Orkney Islands electricity demand.
In order to Scotrenewables Tidal Power, the company that heads the Flotec consortium, this is an unprecedented achievement. The electricity supplied exceeds the total contribution of the last 12 pilot projects to wave and tidal energy production.
By combining these figures with those of MeyGen – the project carried out in the Pentland Firth which produced more than 8 GWh per year – we obtain “convincing evidence of the availability of clean tidal energy“.
The phenomenal performance of the SR2000 – says Andrew Scott, CEO and Project Coordinator of Scotrenewables Tidal Power – has set a new benchmark for the tidal industry. Although this is a research and development project, and our first large-scale turbine, its first year of testing provided a level of performance close to that of mature renewable technologies. widely used.
With the support of the European Horizon 2020 program, Scotrenewables Tidal Power plans to build an industrial-scale production facility for the new floating turbines.
The SR2000 finished its job by proving that we have cutting edge technology and that we will now devote all of our attention and resources to building that success with a product that we believe will bring a new industry to life. , built around a predictable and renewable environment. energy source.