Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Tidal energy turbine company is showing good results

A reduction in manufacturing and installation
costs plus simple, quick and low cost maintenance strategies will be key to success.
The company release said, "Scotrenewables Tidal Power has set another record with its first 2MW floating tidal stream turbine with the unit clocking up over 3GWh of renewable electricity in its first year of testing at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, Scotland."
Their equipment and operating environment carry advantages of ease of maintenance and low cost; that is their claim to fame because that is the critical challenge facing any engineer who wants to make a difference in tidal technologies.
The assembly is onshore—no offshore heavy lifting—in a safe, controlled environment.
Scotrenewables CEO Andrew Scott was quoted by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
"Despite being an R&D project, and it being our first full-scale turbine, its first year of testing has delivered a performance level approaching that of widely deployed mature renewable technologies." He added: "The ability to easily access the SR2000 for routine maintenance has been a significant factor in our ability to generate electricity at such levels over the past 12 months, including over winter. In addition, accessing the SR2000 using rigid inflatable boats and other similar types of low-cost vessel means that our operating costs and outage times are kept to a minimum."