Work has started in Scotland to build what is described as the world’s most powerful floating tidal turbine. Companies based in Orkney, Dundee, Cupar and Motherwell are involved in the construction of the 72m (236ft) long O2. Once completed it will be tested in Orkney, where earlier versions of the device have already been trialled. The Scottish government has awarded the project £3.4m from its £10m Saltire Tidal Energy Challenge Fund. Orkney-based Orbital Marine Power is developing the device. Texo Group will build it at its new quayside facilities in Dundee with key components being made by Gray Fabrication in Cupar using material from Liberty Steel in Motherwell. It will be installed at Orkney’s European Marine Energy Centre, which has been testing marine renewable technology since 2003.
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