TGL’s tidal turbine has supplied over 200 MWh of electricity to grid

March 14th, 2012 by Tidal Generation Limited

Tidal Generation Limited, a wholly owned Rolls-Royce subsidiary, has supplied more than 200 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity to the UK National Grid with its 500 kilowatt (kW) tidal turbine prototype, which captures energy from the reliable and predictable tidal streams.

The TGL tidal turbine operates subsea at the European Marine Energy Centre off the Orkney Islands, Scotland.

Robert Stevenson, CEO, Tidal Generation Limited said “we are delighted to have exceeded 200 megawatt hours of electricity supply to the grid with our tidal technology. This demonstrates the tremendous potential of tidal as a cleaner, greener source of energy”

“Government support and incentives will be required to create the necessary investment climate to bring the technology to commercial scale, competitive with other renewable sources.”

As part of the Energy Technologies Institute funded ReDAPT (Reliable Data Acquisition Platform for Tidal) consortium project, Rolls-Royce is currently building a 1 MW tidal turbine demonstration unit that will be deployed in mid-2012 at EMEC in Orkney.

The project will provide environmental and performance information never before achieved at this scale in real sea conditions.

Rolls-Royce is working with a number of developers in advancing demonstration arrays, systematic arrangements of turbines, which will lead to large scale commercial deployment.

 

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