A record 2 MW turbine arrives. Simec Atlantis Energy presents the result of 15 years of research and development: the largest single-rotor hydraulic turbine ever built to capture marine energy. Nail new technological gem for producing energy from the tides.

It is not only offshore wind energy that is achieving great achievements. But now the installations that use the tides and the waves show that they know how to work big. And if we are talking about tidal energy, Simec Atlantis Energy achieves the record. The company, founded in Australia but relocated to Singapore, announced plans to the largest and most powerful single rotor hydraulic turbine ever. The unit was named AR2000 and will have a capacity of 2 MW.

This turbine will be able to accommodate rotor diameters between 20 and 24 meters, depending on location, with a cutting speed of less than one meter per second and a maximum power of 2.0 MW at 3.05 m / s for a machine with a rotor diameter of 20 meters.

The new turbine builds on the technological success of its predecessor, the AR1500, which is now in service in the MeyGen tidal power station, located between the north coast of Scotland and the Isle of Stroma, in an area with the strongest currents in the UK. Comprised of just four AR1500 units with a capacity of 1.5 MW each, MeyGen recently set a significant record in the tidal power sector: produces 1.4 GWh in less than 31 days. A figure that would be enough to cover the electricity needs of 5,420 families.

As the company explains, the AR2000 is “the culmination of 15 years of investment, continuous experimentation, rigorous testing and underwater operations“. At full capacity”This will not only be the largest single-rotor turbine in production, but also the backbone of a highly efficient and cost-effective production system capable of being deployed in each of our main target markets: the UK , France, the Channel Islands. , Asia, Australia and Canada“.

The new AR2000 is equipped with an innovative electromechanical system to control the feeder pitch and advanced monitoring and diagnostic systems.

But above all, will allow multi-turbine connection in a single electric cable. Unlike the MeyGen power plant, where each turbine has its own cable to bring the electricity produced ashore, the new architecture allows multiple units to be connected in parallel, reducing the cost and impact of sub-infrastructure. marines.

More information: simecatlantis.com