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Tide turbine to built in Orkneys

A new 80T tidal turbine is to be constructed in the Orkneys.

The prototype will be built by Harland and Wolff shipyard for Scotrenawables (Marine Power).

The device, which can produce 250kW of energy from the tide, will have two 8m diameter rotors and will be built at the European Marine Energy Centre test facility.

“Our input was to assist their engineers to develop the design to make it production friendly. This makes it cheaper and enhances quality,” Harland and Wolff engineering manager Fred Black.

Scotrenewables project leader Mark Hamilton said he was pleased with progress so far.

“This is a great achievement for us and is testament to the hard work and dedication of all the team,” said Hamilton. “There is a lot of hard work left to do in proving the long-term viability of our technology but testing to date has produced very promising results.”

“The market for our technology both in the UK and worldwide is huge - we aim to be at the forefront of the future tidal energy industry.”

“We have chosen Harland and Wolff to construct the SR250 prototype because of their outstanding pedigree in the field of shipbuilding, offshore oil and gas and, more recently, offshore renewables,” added Hamilton.

“Their project support to date has been extremely valuable and we look forward to completing construction at their facilities by the end of this year.”

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