Scotland connects tidal turbine to the grid

Atlantis Resources Corporation, an international marine energy developer, has connected its AR1000 tidal turbine to the grid at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, Scotland. The 1MW model […]

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By Tom Gibson

Atlantis Resources Corporation, an international marine energy developer, has connected its AR1000 tidal turbine to the grid at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, Scotland. The 1MW model becomes Scotland’s first grid-connected, commercial-scale tidal turbine.

Currently the world’s most powerful single-rotor tidal turbine, the AR1000 stands at 22.5 meters high, weighs 1,500 tonnes and has an 18m rotor diameter making it one of the largest turbines ever built.

Neil Kermode, Managing Director of the European Marine Energy Centre, said: “It is wonderful to see this commercial-scale tidal turbine connect to the grid from Orkney waters. The marine energy industry in Scotland continues to gather pace and is working towards world-leading targets in terms of deployment and generation of renewable energy.”