Scotland’s first floating tidal power farm to be set up in Orkney. The 4MW scheme is being developed by Scottish firm Orbital Marine Power, which has created the world’s most powerful tidal turbine – the O2. The first of the two turbines is expected to be connected to the grid by the end of this year, with a view to being fully operational in early 2021. When up and running, the pioneering floating devices are predicted to generate enough electricity to power up to 3,400 homes – around a third of Orkney’s needs. The turbines are being installed at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, a world-leading test and research facility focusing on wave and tidal power development. The scheme will be deployed at the Fall of Warness test site, off Orkney’s northern island of Eday.
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