New tidal turbine installed in Orkney

The latest tidal energy device to be tested in Orkney waters has arrived in the islands from its home base in Spain, ready to undergo trials over the coming months.

Orkney's reputation as a centre of excellence for the marine renewables industry continues to grow after another innovative tidal energy device was successfully installed in local waters at the weekend.

The 2MW tidal platform ‘ATIR’ from Magallanes Renovables has put in place at the European Marine Energy Centre's tidal test site at the Fall of Warness, in Orkney's north isles.

The ATIR was built and launched in Vigo, Spain in 2017 where it underwent its initial test programme. After that process was completed, the device was towed to Orkney in September last year. The installation at Warness was carried out by Orkney's Leask Marine, with support from Orkney Islands Council's Marine Services division.

The installation marks a major milestone in the Ocean_2G project, which aims to test, validate and pre-certify Magallanes’ device. It will now undergo commissioning on-site before being connected to the national grid.

Other local companies are involved in the project too; Northerly Marine Services provided the safety boat and crew transfers during the operation, Bryan J Rendall Electrical is providing the electrical connection, with RM Computing delivering IT support and communication, highlighting the importance of the talented Orkney supply chain and the impact of the wider marine renewables industry on the islands.

Find out more about the renewable energy sector in Orkney via the Orkney Renewable Energy Forum and the Orkney Marine Renewables website.


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