SME wet testing PLAT-O at Hatston Pier, July 2016 (Credit SME)

Sustainable Marine Energy

Sustainable Marine Energy (SME) is a marine engineering company delivering commercially viable solutions to the tidal industry.

SME have invented PLAT-O, a moored buoyant platform that is positioned mid-water column. It provides a comprehensive systems integration solution, exporting grid-compatible power from multiple tidal energy convertors. A 100kW PLAT-O prototype has already been tested off the Isle of Wight.

Supported by the Scottish Government with the award of nearly £1.3m from the WATERS3 programme, SME signed up to a berth at the Fall of Warness tidal test site in April 2015. They plan to deploy five PLAT-O systems hosting SCHOTTEL SIT turbines in an array over the next two years. This array will deliver almost 1MW capacity.

The PLAT-O system arrived in Orkney in April 2016, and SME began wet testing the device at Hatston Pier in June. The technology is due to be installed at EMEC’s tidal test site in 2017.

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