Orbital Marine Power Ltd (Orbital), a developer of floating tidal stream turbines, have awarded the main manufacturing contract for the company’s first commercial O2 tidal turbine to Scottish based TEXO Group, who will carry out the work at their quayside facilities in Dundee.
The multi-million-pound contract marks the start of major construction for the company’s new tidal turbine, the O2. The O2 builds on the 2MW SR2000 turbine which generated over 3GWh in its first year of testing at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, Scotland.
The O2, capable of generating over 2MW from tidal stream resources, will become the world’s most powerful tidal turbine when it enters operation later next year (2020) as part of a long term project at EMEC and features several innovations focused on further reducing the cost of energy from the company’s disruptive technology.
Andrew Scott, Orbital’s Chief Executive Officer, said, “This is a flagship engineering project for the emerging tidal sector and we are delighted to be working with TEXO Group to showcase the very capable supply chain we are fortunate to have around us in Scotland and the wider UK.”
“The results that we achieved with the SR2000 over the past two years are a convincing validation of our low-cost approach to generating clean, predictable power from tidal stream energy. The Orbital team are really excited to be building on that success with the O2 which we are confident will further reduce costs and cement our position at the forefront of this exciting new renewable sector.”
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