ANDRITZ HYDRO Hammerfest
ANDRITZ HYDRO Hammerfest delivers tidal turbine arrays and services to harness the great energy potential from tidal streams. The modular solutions are designed to allow optimal integration in the daily operation plans of the customers, supporting the worldwide energy mix.
The Company was established in 1997 in Hammerfest, Norway. Due to the promising market potential offered by the UK an office was opened in Glasgow in 2008. Today, ANDRITZ HYDRO Hammerfest is part of the ANDRITZ HYDRO GmbH group, a global supplier of electro-mechanical equipment and services for the hydropower business.
In December 2011, ANDRITZ HYDRO Hammerfest successfully deployed its 1 megawatt (MW) pre-commercial tidal turbine, the HS1000, at EMEC’s tidal test site at the Fall of Warness.
The HS1000 turbine is based on the technology of a smaller turbine, the HS300, which was installed in Norway as the first ever tidal current turbine with permanent connection to the public grid in 2004.
The HS1000 prototype delivered its first energy to the grid in February 2012 and was in operation for more than 17,000 hours, delivering over 1.5 GWh to the grid with 98% availability during testing. The device was removed from the EMEC site in 2015.
Based on the learning gained during its testing period at EMEC, ANDRITZ HYDRO Hammerfest has developed larger 1.5 MW turbines, three of which have been installed as part of the MeyGen project in the Pentland Firth. As at February 2023, the MeyGen project has exported over 50 GWh of electricity.