World’s most powerful tidal turbine is now generating power

Orbital Marine Power Ltd O2, the world’s most powerful tidal turbine, has commenced grid connected power generation at the EMEC: European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney. The innovative, floating turbine is anchored in the Fall of Warness where a subsea cable connects the 2MW offshore unit to the local onshore electricity network.

Manufactured and launched in Dundee Forth Ports Limited earlier in the year before being towed up to Orkney, the O2 is Orbital’s first commercial turbine and represents the culmination of more than 15 years of world leading product development in the UK.

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Tidal turbine re-installation demonstrates world leading supply chain capabilities for marine energy

Spanish tidal energy developer Magallanes Renovables has returned to the EMEC: European Marine Energy Centre tidal test site in Orkney for the re-installation of its turbine following upgrades.

Magallanes’ second-generation 2MW tidal platform, ATIR, was reinstalled last week following removal for maintenance and optimisation. The Magallanes team worked in collaboration with Orkney-based marine service provider Leask Marine Ltd, along with the Orkney Harbour Authority tug Thor, to install the platform in an operation lasting eight hours.

In order to optimise the performance the platform was transported to the dry dock of Dales Marine Services Ltd for maintenance, supported by GAP, Leask Marine Ltd, Briggs Marine & Forth Ports Limited.

The maintenance involved having to position the platform horizontally in the sea by using a system of buoys to fit into the dry dock via the locks. During this positioning operation in Leith, maintenance tasks were carried out to optimise the platform, including anti-fouling & performance verification, to allow the platform to operate more efficiently.

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World’s most powerful tidal turbine launches in Dundee

Scottish floating tidal turbine technology provider Orbital Marine Power Ltd has successfully launched its 2MW tidal turbine, the Orbital O2, from the Port of Dundee Forth Ports Limited.

The operation was managed by Osprey Group and saw the 680-tonne tidal turbine transferred from the Forth Ports quayside facility in Dundee into the River Tay using a submersible barge.

The launch marks the completion of the turbine build, managed by TEXO, and the O2 will now be towed to the Orkney Islands, where it will undergo commissioning before being connected to the EMEC: European Marine Energy Centre , becoming the world’s most powerful operational tidal turbine.

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Using Green Technology to Create an Eco-friendly Lido on the Thames

THAMES BATHS (BY STUDIO OCTOPI) Potted history of lidos on the Thames. Modern day plans for a sustainable lido.

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