R&D efforts continue at European Marine Energy Centre

Scotrenewables SR2000 Tidal Turbine

A pair of marine hydrokinetic companies have announced research and development milestones from the European Marine Energy Centre testing site in Scotland.

First, Scotrenewables Tidal Power has completed the deployment of a modular anchoring system in preparation for the installation of a 2 MW tidal turbine at the EMEC site.

The anchor was developed in partnership with McLaughlin & Harvey, SeaRoc and Scotmarine with the goal of building a low-cost system for floating tidal energy converters. The project was funded in part by Scotland's Marine Renewables Commercialisation Fund.

"The entire anchoring system was fabricated in Orkney and installed using a locally-based workboat vessel, further illustrating how this approach can make full use of the local supply chain for tidal energy installations," Scotrenewables CEO Andrew Scott said.

The anchor will be used for a Scotrenewables SR2000 turbine unit, which received US$12 million in research funding from technology group ABB in March 2013.

Second, coating manufacturer Whitford Ltd. Announced that it is working with EMEC to test various high-performance coatings in the Orkney site's real-world conditions.

The long-term project will analyze Whitford's existing and developmental products for their applicability not only in the MHK sector, but offshore wind, oil and gas industries as well.

"With some of the harshest wave and tidal conditions in the world, EMEC provides the perfect location in which to test the performance of Whitford's coatings in dynamic and volatile environments," Whitford Renewable Energy Manager Gareth Berry said.

Initial tests have already been performed using coated panels and bolts in Stromness Harbour, with results to be unveiled by EMEC at an international ocean energy conference later this month.

"Effective coatings are vital to ensure wave and tidal energy devices survive and continue to work whilst at sea," EMEC managing director Neil Kermode said. "Through our experience we have seen how unprotected materials suffer and how effective protection makes marine energy possible."

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