UK tidal plant breaks monthly generation records

A tidal stream power plant off the coast of Scotland has set a world record for monthly energy production. Phase 1A of marine developer Atlantis’ MeyGen project in the Pentland […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

A tidal stream power plant off the coast of Scotland has set a world record for monthly energy production.

Phase 1A of marine developer Atlantis’ MeyGen project in the Pentland Firth produced more than 700MWh of clean electricity in August.

The facility’s total production since launch is now approaching 2GWh.

It will soon enter into its final contractual performance and autonomous reliability tests after which it will be signed off for long term operation.

The company behind the project expect it will be operating at full 6MW capacity by the end of the third quarter of this year.

David Taaffe, Director of Project Delivery at MeyGen, said: “The production performance from the installed turbines on the MeyGen project has been very good.

“August proved to be a world record month, providing enough energy to power 2,000 Scottish homes from just two turbines.”