Scotrenewables Tidal Power has set another record with its first 2MW floating tidal stream turbine clocking up over 3GWh of renewable electricity in its first year of testing at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, Scotland.
In 12 months of continuous operation, including during the worst winter storms in recent years, the SR2000 has supplied the equivalent annual electricity demand of around 830 UK households and at times has been supplying over 25% of the electricity demand of the Orkney Islands.
Underlining the significance of the company’s achievement, and its contribution to the progress of the tidal industry, the 3GWh generated by the SR2000 over the past 12 months is more power than that generated by the entire wave and tidal energy sectors in Scotland in the twelve years prior to the launch of the SR2000 in 2016.
The team at Scotrenewables believes that this, combined with Meygen’s generation of over 8GWh over the past year from four tidal turbines deployed in the Pentland Firth, is convincing evidence of tidal power’s market readiness.
CEO Andrew Scott said: “The SR2000’s phenomenal performance has set a new benchmark for the tidal industry.
“Despite being an R&D project, and it being our first full scale turbine, its first year of testing has delivered a performance level approaching that of widely deployed mature renewable technologies.”