PRESS RELEASE: BUSINESS, INNOVATION AND ENERGY MINISTER VISITS SR2000
The world’s most powerful tidal turbine, which is due to begin testing in Orkney, has been hailed as a potential “game changer” by Business, Innovation and Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse.
At 63m in length, Scotrenewables’ SR2000 is longer than Edinburgh’s Scott Monument and is capable of generating 2MW of power - enough to meet the needs of approximately 1,000 homes over the course of a year.
Mr Wheelhouse visited Hatston pier where the unit is undergoing final commissioning checks in advance of being connected to its mooring system on the European Marine Energy Centre’s (EMEC) test site in Orkney.
Mr Wheelhouse said:
“Scotland’s capacity to generate tidal power is considerable and this device has the potential to be a real game changer for the industry, not only here in Scotland, but across the world.
“Floating technology like this is likely to be easy and cheap to install, maintain and decommission. This will increase the commercial viability of tidal energy, which is crucial as we continue to transition towards a low carbon economy.
“It is encouraging that Scottish Government investment has helped move the project to this point. I congratulate Scotrenewables on reaching this significant milestone and look forward to staying up to date on the testing programme.
”Speaking of the visit Andrew Scott, CEO of Scotrenewables, said: “Scottish Government have been consistent in their vision and support for the marine renewables sector and that has been vital in getting a second generation technology like ours to this stage, and it is great to have the Minister come to see and hear about the exciting opportunities we’re aiming to create. It’s obviously a critical phase in the project but we’re looking forward to the test programme and providing clear evidence of the significant advantages our technology can bring to the sector whilst offering a step reduction in costs.”
Michelle Howell, Senior RIEF Manager, said “Scottish Enterprise is committed to supporting marine energy innovation in Scotland, ensuring our reputation as a world leader in the renewables industry. We are very pleased to see the progress of our investment in tidal energy turbine technology taking shape.”
The project has been supported by Scottish Enterprise’s WATERS II scheme along with investments from Scotrenewables’ shareholders which include ABB, DP Energy, Fred. Olsen, Total and Scottish Government via the Renewable Energy Investment Fund (REIF).
PRESS RELEASE: Scotrenewables Tidal Power launch world’s largest tidal turbine
Orkney based Scotrenewables Tidal Power has launched its 2MW SR2000, the world’s largest energy generating tidal turbine.
The company, which is at the forefront of the floating tidal technology sector, launched the 550 tonne machine at Harland & Wolff Heavy Industries Ltd in Belfast on Thursday May 12th. This is the first commercial scale machine the company has built. The turbine will undergo preliminary tow trials in Belfast Lough before being towed to the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney to commence a grid connected test programme.
The SR2000 is the culmination of more than 12 years of a detailed and incremental engineering R&D programme, with the project being supported by £1.25m funding under the Scottish Government’s WATERS2 initiative. The turbine design follows Scotrenewables’ floating generating platform philosophy, which the company expects will deliver a step-change cost and risk reduction to the commercial tidal energy sector.
Speaking at the launch the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Scott, said: “This is an exciting time for the Company and a major milestone to reach, and is the result of an enormous effort by a dedicated team at Scotrenewables. We’ve also been fortunate to have been supported by a committed group of suppliers through the build, especially here with Harland and Wolff in Belfast.” Talking of the forward programme Andrew added: “We’re now looking forward to getting the machine up to EMEC and start the test programme to demonstrate more of the clear engineering and cost advantages our approach can bring to the commercial tidal sector.”
The company’s progress has been underpinned by longstanding support and investment of more than £25 million from main investors: ABB, (Scottish Government’s) Renewable Energy Investment Fund, DP Energy, Fred. Olsen Group and Total New Energies.
Simon de Pietro, CEO of DP Energy and key investor in the project says the tidal energy sector is rapidly approaching maturity. “The sector is now beyond its emerging phase and the SR2000 device is a bold step forward proving the viability of tidal as a sustainable, reliable and predictable energy source.”
Steel fabrication of the machine was carried out by fabricators in Scotland, Northern Ireland and England with assembly and commissioning of the SR2000 taking place at Harland & Wolff shipyard over the past 12 months, drawing on H&W’s 150 years of marine manufacturing experience to deliver this next generation technology.
CEO of H&W, Robert Cooper, speaking of the project said the firm remains to the fore of renewable offshore energy developments. “We are very pleased to be able to deliver this state of the art device and to help Scotland and Northern Ireland develop new energy generating technologies.”
PRESS RELEASE - Horizon2020 grant €10m to Scotrenewables FloTEC project
The European Commission’s largest research and innovation programme, Horizon2020, has awarded a grant of €10 million (£7.75m) to advance the commercialisation of Scotrenewables’ floating tidal energy technology.
The Floating Tidal Energy Commercialisation (FloTEC) project will demonstrate the potential for floating tidal systems to provide low-cost, high-value energy to the European grid mix.
Scotland’s Energy Minister, Fergus Ewing, made the announcement today [23 February 2016] in his keynote address at the International Conference on Ocean Energy (ICOE) in Edinburgh.
“I am delighted that Scotrenewables has been successful in securing €10 million from the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme,” commented Mr Ewing.
“Scotrenewables has proven that collaboration is a vital component in overcoming the challenges facing successful tidal energy deployment - a view echoed by the members who have joined this impressive partnership.
“The Scottish Government and our enterprise agencies have been proud supporters of Scotrenewables from the early days of the development of the SR250 prototype. Scotrenewables has taken a significant step closer to demonstrating that extracting energy from our seas can be a commercially viable, cost competitive option for producing clean, green energy.”
Following the announcement, the project partners met for the kick-off meeting.
Led by Scotrenewables, FloTEC brings together a unique partnership of the most experienced and committed commercial, industrial and research organisations involved in tidal energy today: DP Energy; Harland and Wolff Heavy Industries; the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC); ABB Ltd; EireComposites; Technology from Ideas; University College Cork; and SKF.
The FloTEC project will advance Scotrenewables’ current 2MW floating tidal technology, the SR2000, with the development of a mark 2 turbine.
The SR2000-M2 prototype will be installed alongside the SR2000-M1 at EMEC’s tidal test site at the Fall of Warness in Orkney, forming a 4MW floating tidal array to serve as a demonstration platform for commercially viable tidal stream energy as well as optimising energy extraction for arrays in locally varying tidal resources.
There will be a significant focus on reducing the levelised cost of energy (LCoE) at every stage of the design, build and demonstration of the SR2000-M2, with significant capital and operational cost reductions expected.
James Murray, Business Development Manager at Scotrenewables Tidal Power said:
“The ambition of FloTEC is to drive down the cost of tidal energy through the delivery of a number of targeted innovations on an enhanced variant of Scotrenewables’ SR2000 floating tidal turbine. Engineering will commence in early 2016 and will include advanced power conversion hardware, low cost manufacturing technologies, load reduction mooring components and integrated energy storage."
EMEC’s Managing Director, Neil Kermode, adds:
“Having successfully tested their 250kW prototype at EMEC since 2011, we’re extremely excited to see the next generation SR2000 take its place over the coming months.
“The performance assessment at EMEC will provide evidence of the enhancements that have been made to the SR2000-M2, de-risking the technology and improving investor confidence, supporting the technology towards commercialisation”.
For further information and photos, contact:
Tel: +44 (0)1856 852 060 / 07876 116396
James Murray, Business Development Manager
Tel: +44 (0)1856 851641
About Horizon 2020
Horizon 2020 is the eighth phase of the European Commission's Framework Programmes for Research and Technological Development. The programme runs from 2014 – 2020 and will provide nearly €80 billion of funding, the largest of its kind to date.
The goal of Horizon2020 is to drive European economic growth and create employment through supporting projects that deliver scientific breakthroughs, show industrial leadership and tackle societal challenges.
Horizon2020 places a strong focus on supporting Europe’s transition to a secure, clean and efficient energy system. It has allocated a budget of almost €6 billion to non-nuclear research in seven specific research areas including energy consumption reduction, low carbon energy supply, alternative fuel sources, smart electricity networks and emerging technologies.
About the FloTEC consortium
Scotrenewables Tidal Power Limited is an engineering company based on the Orkney Islands specialising in the development of a tidal energy turbine technology with the potential to produce a step-change reduction in the cost of energy from tidal stream flows. The company’s novel floating technology offers a low cost solution for simplified and safe manufacture, installation, access and maintenance of units along with the ability to use low cost, small workboats for all offshore operations. www.scotrenewables.com
ABB is a leading global technology company in power and automation that enables utility, industry, and transport & infrastructure customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in roughly 100 countries and employs about 135,000 people. www.abb.com/uk
DP Energy are a global renewable energy development company with one of the largest portfolios of tidal array projects. www.dpenergy.com
ÉireComposites is an innovative design, manufacturing and testing company, involved in lightweight, high-performance, fibre-reinforced composite materials for the aerospace, wind energy, marine and automotive sectors. www.eirecomposites.com
European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) is the leading and longest established test and research centre for wave and tidal energy. www.emec.org.uk
Harland & Wolff Heavy Industries have more than 150 years’ experience of heavy steel marine engineering. The company provides engineering and fabrication services to the oil and gas, offshore wind and marine energy sectors. www.harland-wolff.com
SKF: SKF delivers innovative solutions to equipment manufacturers and production facilities in every major industry worldwide. Having expertise in multiple competence areas supports SKF Life Cycle Management, a proven approach to improving equipment reliability, optimizing operational and energy efficiency and reducing total cost of ownership. These competence areas include bearings and units, seals, lubrication systems, mechatronics, and a wide range of services, from 3-D computer modelling to cloud-based condition monitoring and asset management services. www.skf.com
TfI Marine (Technology from Ideas) develops and supplies elastomeric, mooring system components that reduce peak loads by ~ 70% and protect against shock loads. They are scalable for use on wave, floating wind and tidal energy devices and help reduce the overall cost of energy produced. By reducing the mooring loads they enable reductions in the device’s capital and operational costs. www.tfimarine.com
University College Cork, headquarters of the Centre for Marine and Renewable energy (MaREI) and home of Lir National Ocean Energy Test facility (Lir NOTF), are a leading research institution for marine energy. UCC will support tidal blade design, energy storage analysis and power performance assessment. www.ucc.ie, www.marei.ie, www.Lir-NOTF.com