THE most powerful floating tidal turbine in the world has attracted funding of £3.4 million from the Scottish Government. Orbital Marine Power has been awarded the cash as the first recipient of the Scottish Government’s £10m Saltire Tidal Energy Challenge Fund. It will be used to deliver the next generation O2 2MW Floating Tidal Energy Turbine, which is the culmination of more than 15 years of cutting edge research and development and real-life testing. The turbine is capable of powering more than 1700 homes per year and is the world’s most advanced and powerful tidal turbine. Scotland’s Energy Minister, Paul Wheelhouse, said: “…the large scale roll-out of both tidal and wave energy technologies has been harmed by the UK Government’s decision in 2016 to abandon its commitment to provide ring-fenced funding support. UK ministers must act quickly to provide the revenue support this exciting and innovative sector requires to achieve its economic potential.” O2 features a number of new innovations, including up to 50% greater energy capture through enlarged rotors and variable pitch control for optimised blade and braking performance. It will be built in Scotland and installed at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney. Texo Group – will manufacture the device at its new quayside facilities in Dundee. Gray Fabrication in Cupar will make key components from materials supplied by Liberty Steel in Motherwell.
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