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
SRTP Complete 4 Day Deployment - May 2012
Continuing on from the successful grid connection last month, Scotrenewables Tidal Power Ltd. has forged ahead with their testing plan and have just completed a 4 day deployment of the SR250. Using the locally owned multi-cat 'MV Orcadia', the device was towed to site on Thursday morning and connected to their mooring at The Fall Of Warness. The device underwent a series of tests and remained on site until late on Sunday evening before being towed back to Hatston.
SR250 Successfully Exports Power to the UK National Grid - April 2012
In the latest of a series of onsite tests at EMEC Stromness based Scotrenewables Tidal Power Limited has successfully generated and exported power into the UK national grid for the first time. On the 18th of April the SR250 full-scale prototype was towed to EMEC Fall of Warness tidal test site and connected to it’s mooring system and electrical cable at slack tide ready for generation. The turbine began to generate and export power with the turn of the tide – in doing so the SR250 prototype has become the world’s first floating tidal turbine to achieve export of power to the national grid.
According to Barry Johnston, Scotrenewables Founder and Managing Director: “Yesterday’s successful export of power was a very significant day in the history of Scotrenewables which we have built up to by carrying out a series of intensive tow trials and onsite tests over the past number of months. This achievement is a great testament to the efforts of the team. We still have a long way to go but we look forward with confidence to building up to longer term higher power tests over the course of the summer.”
The image below shows the SR250 full-scale prototype onsite at EMEC generating into the UK national grid on 18th April 2012.
SR250 Lift-in Completed in Advance of Further Testing - March 2012
On March 29th 2012 the SR250 prototype was lifted from it's stands on Hatston Pier back into the water. The lift-in followed a thorough inspection of the turbine by SRTP engineers. The model has now been given the 'all clear' in advance of an intensive period of testing at EMEC during Spring and Summer 2012.
This phase of testing has already begun with SRTP successfully completing a 30 hour onsite fully grid-connected test on the 2nd and 3rd of April.
SR250 Lifted Harbourside for Annual Maintenance - February 2012
On Friday 24th Feb, the SR250 was carefully lifted out of the water onto stands at Hatston Pier to undergo annual maintenance. SRTP staff will hold an open day for members of the public and schools who may be interested in learning more about the device and the work of the company. The SR250 will remain out of the water for 3-4 weeks before testing continues. The team will focus on grid connection tests and longer term deployments for the remainder of 2012.