Orbital Marine Power’s O2 – described as the world’s most powerful tidal turbine – recently started generating power in Orkney. The floating machine is anchored in the Fall of Warness, where a sub-sea cable connects the offshore unit to the local electricity network. The 74-metre-long turbine is expected to operate for the next 15 years, with the capacity to meet the annual electricity demand of around 2,000 UK homes using clean power generated from the fast-flowing waters. Jersey Electricity’s operations director, Mark Preece, said the company was monitoring the technology to see if it could eventually supplement the Island’s solar and low-carbon imported power supplies.
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