Atlantis to test 1.5MW tidal turbine

A tidal turbine with a capacity of 1.5MW will be tested as part of a six-week project in England. Tidal energy firm Atlantis Resources said the tests of the AR1500 will […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

A tidal turbine with a capacity of 1.5MW will be tested as part of a six-week project in England.

Tidal energy firm Atlantis Resources said the tests of the AR1500 will take place at the National Renewable Energy Centre in Blyth.

It will work alongside Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult researchers.

The €1.3 million (£1.23m) Eurostars project will use a 3MW power train test rig to simulate the types of forces the turbine could experience in real life operation.

If the tests succeed, Atlantis’ turbines will be deployed at the MeyGen tidal plant in the Pentland Firth off the Scottish coast which would generate enough electricity for almost 200,000 homes.

Luke Murray, Design Director at Atlantis Resources said: “The ability to check the performance characteristics of the turbine, validate the control system and prove the AR1500’s reliability prior to deployment is a critical element in the technology’s development lifecycle and will provide the market and investors with value-added confidence.”