Award of 'Agreement for Lease' for Lashy Sound Demonstrator Project and SR250 Reaches and Exceeds Rated Power - November 2012
Scotrenewables was this week awarded an 'Agreement for Lease' from the Crown Estate for a commercial tidal energy demonstrator project to be located at Lashy Sound between the islands of Eday and Sanday in Orkney.
The award from the Crown Estate, the body that holds the rights to the UK seabed to the 12-mile territorial limit, now gives SRTP the green light to proceed with further onsite resource assessments and to pursue the necessary consents and grid connection needed to develop the project. Once consented and grid connected the project, of up to 30MW capacity, will be developed in two distinct phases - an initial 10MW phase to be installed before early 2017 with subsequent build-out to the full 30MW capacity.
Scotrenewables will seek to fully engage with local stakeholders throughout the project development process and the Company will be attending and exhibiting at the Pentland Firth & Orkney Waters Public Open Day in the Kirkwall Town Hall on 29th November. Those eager to learn more are encouraged to come to the event and speak with members of the Scotrenewables team.
Also, this week the SR250 prototype, currently undergoing testing at the EMEC Fall of Warness tidal test site, reached and surpassed its rated power output of 250kW. The prototype reached a peak power export of 273kW, equivalent to almost 110% rated power, while undergoing fully grid-connected tests in strong spring tides on Wednesday of this week.
Picture: Scotrenewables SR250 prototype generating into the UK national grid at the EMEC Fall of Warness tidal test site.
UK Government Ministers View Orkney's Renewable Industry Activity - October 2012
Scotrenewables Tidal Power Limited has recently hosted high-profile visits from top UK government figures. At the beginning of October, UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey, visited Orkney to see some of the county's renewable energy developments . A key part of his itinerary was a visit to see SRTP's SR250 prototype - Mr Davey is pictured here with Girdon Birtwistle MP along with Barry Johnston and John McGlynn of Scotrenewables and Phillipe Guys, Managing Director of Total E&P UK.
Following the success of the visit of Mr Davey the UK Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills, Vince Cable, visited Orkney to meet local industry representatives and discuss first hand Orkney's marine renewable energy potential. Mr Cable is pictured below with John McGlynn of Scotrenewables, Northern Isles MP Alistair Carmichael, Neil Kermode Managing Director of EMEC as well as a number of other local industry representatives.
SRTP WATERS 2 Funding Announcement - August 2012
Scotrenewables recently hosted a visit from Scottish Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. During the visit the Deputy First Minister announced the successful award of £1.24m in WATERS 2 funding to Scotrenewables – these funds will used to part-support the design and construction of the next generation SRTT rated up to 2MW. The Scottish Government has produced a video to mark the announcement which can be viewed at the link below:
SR250 Testing Update - August 2012
SR250 testing continues to progress well with the prototype generating into the UK national grid during two series of extended tests during August. The recent tests were conducted during spring tides which allowed Scotrenewables dedicated offshore team to put the model through its paces in a range of tidal speeds.
As with previous tests all systems continue to function as designed with the rotors exhibiting high efficiencies. The SR250 has also demonstrated excellent stability at all stages of the tidal cycle - allowing the offshore team to quickly, easily and safely access the turbine at sea if required.
The picture below was taken during grid-connected testing in mid-August - the SR250 prototype can be seen in the background. In the foreground is the advanced control and wireless monitoring system developed in-house by Scotrenewables engineers.
SR250 Control System with the Prototype Generating at the EMEC Test Site
SRTP Welcomes UK & Scottish Ministers - August 2012
Scotrenewables Tidal Power recently hosted two high profile ministerial visits - from the UK Energy Minister Greg Barker and the Scottish Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
In late July UK Energy Minister Greg Barker viewed the SR250 prototype at Hatston Pier as part of a marine renewable energy-orientated tour of Orkney. One day prior the Minister announced the launch of the Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters Marine Energy Park - a first for Scotland.
UK Energy Minister Mr Greg Barker Visit to Orkney – Tuesday 31st July 2012
In late August Scotrenewables hosted a visit from Scottish Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon as well as representatives from the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands & Islands Enterprise. During the visit the Deputy First Minister announced the award of £1.24m in Scottish Government WATERS 2 funding to the company. Deputy First Minister Sturgeon said: "Ambitious clean-tech developers such as Scotrenewables Tidal Power, and the prototypes they are developing are testament to how far the marine renewables sector has progressed in just a few years".
The WATERS 2 programme is a joint venture between the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands & Islands Enterprise aimed at providing vital development funding to highly promising, innovative marine energy techonlogies at a pre-commercial stage of development. £1.24m in WATERS 2 funds will leverage £8m in foreign private investment in the company which will be used to finance the design, construction and testing of the next generation commercial scale Scotrenewables Tidal Turbine rated up to 2MW.
The company's investor backers were also on hand with Mr Fred. Olsen of Fred. Olsen Companies and Christine Jones of TOTAL present for the announcement. The image below shows from left: Adrian Gillespie (Scottish Enterprise), Christine Jones (TOTAL), Mr Fred. Olsen (F.O.), Barry Johnston (SRTP), Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, John McGlynn (SRTP), Mark Hamilton (SRTP) and Calum Davidson (HIE).
Scottish Deputy First Minister Ms Nicola Sturgeon Visit to Orkney – Tuesday 28th August 2012