Atlantis, ORE Catapult announce tidal turbine tests in advance of MeyGen deployment

Atlantis Resources Tidal Turbine

Tidal energy developer Atlantis Resources will use a six-week long test program at the National Renewable Energy Centre to validate the reliability and performance of its AR1500 tidal turbines.

The review, which is being conducted in partnership with Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, is intended to help finalize the turbine's design before deployment at the MeyGen tidal array later this year.

"We are delighted to be working with ORE Catapult again," said Luke Murray, Atlantis Resources Design Director. "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."

ORE Catapult is currently designing a power train test rig that will be used to simulate real-life forces the tidal turbine will experience during operation.

"Here at the Catapult, we work collaboratively with innovators such as Atlantis to help develop their ideas into market-ready technologies," ORE Catapult operations director Tony Quinn said. "Our range of testing assets and methods helps to reduce risk in new innovative designs and generate confidence in their performance, ultimately tackling some of the industry's major technology challenges to drive down the cost of offshore renewable energy."

Atlantis Resources did not specify when the National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) testing would begin, though HydroWorld.com reported in December that the Edinburgh-based company still expects MeyGen's first units to come on line by the end of 2016.

Atlantis struck an all-share deal to acquire the 400-MW MeyGen project from MCT in May, which had in turn purchased the majority stake in the company from Siemens in February 2012.

Funding that had previously been allocated for use by MCT for the 8-MW Kyle Rhea project near Scotland's Isle of Skye will be redistributed to fund MeyGen Phase 1B, per a ruling by the European Commission's Climate Change Committee in October.

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