A flagship tidal energy turbine has generated more electricity in its first year than Scotland’s entire wave and tidal sector produced before it. The Scotrenewables SR2000, with its 2MW turbine, was installed in the sea off Orkney in 2017. It has now generated three gigawatt-hours (GWh) of electricity from near continuous operation, its owners said. It is estimated the seas around the UK could one day be capable of generating 20% of electricity needs. The European Marine Energy Centre (Emec) in Orkney has tested 30 different devices since it was launched in 2003. Between the rest of them, they have generated 2.8 GWh hours of electricity. But the latest full-scale prototype, at 63m, has so far proved to be the most successful. Andrew Scott, chief executive officer of Scotrenewables Tidal Power, said : “It is a phenomenal result. For one, we’ve had continual generation or testing for a year. That’s fairly unique in this sector.
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