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.
- February 2017: Orkney – buzzing with marine energy development
- June 2016: SME installs subsea rock anchors at EMEC tidal site
- June 2016: SME wet tests PLAT-O ahead of EMEC deployment
- June 2016: SME showcase German/UK innovation at Battle of Jutland centenary
- February 2016: Sustainable Marine Energy buys 16 turbines from Schottel Hydro
- July 2015: Marine energy developers share knowledge at Component Analysis Workshop
- April 2015: Sustainable Marine Energy taking PLAT-O to EMEC
- March 2015: WATERS fund provides £3.7m for testing marine energy prototypes