Orkney tidal development firm Orbital Marine Power has today revealed the new design for its commercial production tidal turbine. The two megawatt (MW) Orbital O2 has a target deployment of 2020. Andrew Scott, CEO of Orbital Marine Power said “The Orbital O2 is a low cost solution for future commercial projects and builds on the features which made the SR2000 an industry breakthrough. “This optimised turbine will unlock tidal markets around the world at a competitive price point and provide regulators and investors with a new, predictable renewable energy option.” The Orbital O2 will comprise of a 73m long floating superstructure, supporting two 1 MW turbines at either side for a nameplate power output of 2MW, at a tidal current speed of 2.5 m/s. With a 65 foot rotor diameter, it will have a 6500sq feet rotor area, the largest ever on a single tidal generating platform to date. Orbital Marine, formerly Scotrenewables, believe that, when launched in 2020, it will be the most powerful tidal generating platform in the world.
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