PRESS RELEASE: Scotrenewables powers Orkney grid.
SR2000 floating tidal turbine produces 116MWh in less than a week of continuous generation: 7% of Orkney’s electricity demand
Scotrenewables Tidal Power has achieved further impressive outputs from ongoing testing of its 2MW floating tidal generator, the SR2000 at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC). The SR2000 produced more than 116 MWh in under a week of continuous generation which took place last month. Over a seven day period, the turbine met the electricity demand of nearly 7% of the entire Orkney Islands, with shorter periods where that contribution exceeded 25% of demand.
Speaking about the performance of the SR2000, the largest and most powerful tidal current turbine in the world, CEO of Scotrenewables, Andrew Scott, said: “We are tremendously pleased with these latest results from the test programme. The SR2000 has met, and in many instances exceeded expectations, and combined with the fact this is the world’s most powerful operating tidal turbine it means we’re making a material contribution to the generation mix in Orkney with just this single unit. ”
Scottish Government Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy Paul Wheelhouse commenting on the news said: “I visited Orkney a year ago just as Scotrenewables was starting its test programme for the SR2000 turbine at EMEC. I am delighted to hear that the SR2000 has passed the seven day continuous generation test with flying colours and is exporting an impressive amount of power to the Orkney grid – meeting nearly 7% of electricity demand for the Islands in the process.”