Project: ITEG (Integrating Tidal Energy into the European Grid)
Timescale: 2017 – 2023
Funder: Interreg North-West Europe
Funding: EU funding – €6.46 m/ Total budget – €11.79 m
ITEG addresses grid export limitations faced in remote communities by developing and validating an integrated tidal energy and hydrogen production solution for clean energy generation on the island of Eday in Orkney.
Initially due to complete in December 2022, ITEG received an approved project modification in September which will see the project run until 2023. In a context of global supply chain issues, the 0.5 MW hydrogen electrolyser could not be delivered by partner Elogen within the timeframe of the project. Elogen remains a partner within the consortium and will support the production of valuable documentation on topics including lessons learned during manufacture, technological advances and scalability of electrolysers.
The updated combined tidal and hydrogen solution will use power generated by Orbital’s 2MW tidal turbine, the Orbital O2, deployed at the Fall of Warness in 2021, to demonstrate hydrogen production from tidal energy using EMEC’s 670kW electrolyser at the Caldale site with a smart onshore energy management system (EMS) installed on Eday.
EMEC’s vanadium flow battery installation on site will also be incorporated into the demonstration, ‘smoothing’ the tidal power output to optimise hydrogen production. The EMS system will enable EMEC to control whether the tidal power generated is fed into the national grid, directly into the electrolyser to produce hydrogen, or into the battery to be stored and used at a later date.
- Energy Valley
- Université de Caen Normandie
- Université le Havre Normandie
- Energy Systems Catapult
- Elogen (formerly ArevaH2Gen)
- Smart Hydrogen Consulting
- Ghent University
- AD Normandie
EMEC is the lead partner for this project. EMEC will develop an energy management system (EMS) to efficiently produce hydrogen from a tidal power input.
- 14 August 2019: Orbital 02 to be Built by TEXO Group in Dundee
- 02 August 2019: ITEG Project Progress – Orbital Contract Faun Trackway for Anchor Fabrication of the 02 Turbine
- November 2018: Orbital marine Power Unveil Design for Orbital 02 Tidal Turbine
- June 2018: €11 million ITEG Project to Integrate Tidal Power, Grid and Hydrogen