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SRTP Win Award at International Tidal Energy Summit - November 2011

Scotrenewables Tidal Power Limited was shortlisted for three awards at the International Tidal Energy Summit in London on November 22nd. The Company received the ‘Best Newcomer’ award in recognition of the Company’s achievements in designing, constructing and installing the SR250 prototype on time and under budget. According to Business Development Manager, John McGlynn “The arrival of the ‘full scale’ SR250 in Orkney back in March really was a defining moment for Scotrenewables Tidal Power Limited. It marked our arrival into the marine energy industry proper and put us on an equal footing with other technology developers also testing at full scale. We are delighted to receive some recognition for this achievement”.

Picture below shows CTO Mark Hamilton recieving the award.

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First 24 Hour On-Site Installation - November 2011

The team at SRTP have reached a significant milestone by successfully completing a 24 hour on-site deployment of the SR250 at the EMEC tidal test site. Using a modest sized work vessel, the team connected the SR250 to its moorings at the Fall of Warness on 19th November, and remained onsite closely monitoring the turbine during a full 24 hour period. During the test all on-board systems functioned well and as predicted and the SR250 successfully demonstrated its ability to passively orientate itself in the tidal flow throughout two complete tidal cycles.

Senior Hydrodynamicist & Operations Co-ordinator Calum Miller said “We are delighted with the results from the first 24 hour connection as this has proven we can connect and disconnect the SR250 quickly, safely and efficiently without having to use large and expensive installation vessels”.

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SRTP welcomes establishment of marine renewable energy task force led by Scottish Energy Minister - October 2011

SRTP CEO Barry Johnston will attend a series of round table discussions, commencing on Friday 28th October, as part of a task force designed to streamline energy planning and consents for marine renewable developmemtss in Scottish waters.

The work of the group will focus on:

  • Further streamlining the planning and consenting process, promoting partnership working between developers and stakeholders leading to a comprehensive pre-application engagement
  • Simplifying planning and consenting advice
  • Driving best practice
  • Summarising current streaming activity underway
  • Resourcing
  • Consistency in modelling
  • Better communication with industry and stakeholders
  • Securing better access to data and sharing it widely

These factors will contibute towards SRTP goals of establishing a commercial array demonstation of the SRTT technology up to 30mw capacity in Scottish waters.

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SRTP Generate Power On-Site at The European Marine Energy Centre - September 2011

SRTP have reached  a crucial milestone in their staged  testing programme of the company’s innovative tidal turbine concept, by successfully generating power at their test site in the Falls of Warness, Eday. This marks the successful completion of the latest phase in the development and commercialisation of the company’s tidal turbine.

Throughout the summer the SRTP team have been developing handling procedures unique to their device and conducting experimental power generation tests.  The previous power generation exercises involved towing the device in the sheltered waters south of Shapinsay to simulate tidal flow in a controlled manner. This approach to development has allowed them move on to carry out operations in the Falls of Warness with confidence. Data gathered from the tests at the EMEC site have suggested that the rotor efficiency of the SR250 has exceeded expectations.

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SRTP Complete First Phase of Power Generation Tests - August 2011

Scotrenewables Tidal Power Limited have progressed the development of their prototype tidal turbine, the SR250, by completing the first series of power generation tow tests. This marks another successfully completed phase of their incremental research and development programme for the tidal turbine.

Principal Electrical Engineer Trevor Walls highlighted the importance of conducting power generation tests in a controlled manner before subjecting the device to on site tidal conditions stating that ‘in a prototype device such as this it is crucially important to bench test all the primary and auxiliary systems before the device is in its fully operational status. Towing the device gives us a much greater degree of freedom, allowing us to have complete control over the generating conditions and to tweak elements of the control system safely and as required in real-time'.

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