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Press Release: Scotrenewables Tidal Power hits 1GWh in record time at EMEC, Orkney

SR2000 testing at EMEC's Fall of Warness test site (Credit: Scotrenewables)

SR2000 testing at EMEC’s Fall of Warness test site (Credit: Scotrenewables)

Scotrenewables Tidal Power has set another record with its SR2000 2MW floating tidal turbine with the unit clocking up over 1GWh in a record pace for the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney.

Andrew Scott, Chief Executive Officer of Scotrenewables Tidal Power said:

“This is an astonishing achievement by our technology and by the Scotrenewables team who have worked so hard to make it happen.

“I’m comfortable in highlighting we have had a small number of outages within this period, including where we have had to make maintenance interventions but, because of the accessible nature of our technology, we have been able to respond to these quickly and with very low cost vessels, validating the engineering approach we have pioneered here at Scotrenewables.”

The SR2000, the company’s first full scale turbine, was launched last year from the Harland and Wolf shipyard in Belfast before being towed to the Orkney Islands for grid connected testing. Initial generation started earlier this year and the company quickly set a world record with the highest export level from a tidal turbine of 2.2MW.

The SR2000 testing programme at EMEC’s Fall of Warness tidal test site is supported via the FORESEA Interreg-NWE funded project.

Commenting on the SR2000’s performance, Neil Kermode, Managing Director of EMEC said:

“It is exhilarating to witness the unprecedented performance of Scotrenewables’ tidal turbine. It is clear and demonstrable progress for the team, but it is also progress for this exciting and innovative sector as a whole as it moves towards commercialisation.”

Scotrenewables recently announced it had appointed financial advisors, Simmons & Company Ltd, to assist with a fund raising effort to support the business transition to commercial operations. With reference to the recent performance the company’s Chief Finance Officer Chris Milne said: “We are confident we have a very unique and exciting proposition here at Scotrenewables, and this latest performance further underlines that and is accelerating commercial demand for our technology.”

More info at: www.scotrenewables.com

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