Atlantis Resources’ 1.5 MW tidal turbine design being optimised by Lockheed Martin

March 19th, 2014 by Lockheed Martin

The AR1000 turbine nacelle, being prepared for transit to the deployment location at the European Marine Energy Centre in Scotland. Photo courtesy Atlantis Resources Ltd. (image courtesy of Lockheed Martin)

The AR1000 turbine nacelle, being prepared for transit to the deployment location at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, Scotland. (click image to expand – image courtesy of Atlantis Resources Ltd.)

Lockheed Martin has commenced a contract from global tidal energy leader Atlantis Resources Ltd to optimize the design of Atlantis’ new 1.5-megawatt tidal turbine, the AR1500.

The AR1500 turbine, which is designed to operate in highly energetic tidal locations, will be one of the largest single rotor turbines ever developed.

It will have active rotor pitch and full nacelle yaw rotation.

This technology will be deployed at the MeyGen project in Scotland’s Pentland Firth and in Canada’s Bay of Fundy.

Once completed, the MeyGen project – the world’s largest tidal stream project under development – is expected to deliver up to 398 megawatts of power, enough energy to power 200,000 homes.

The MeyGen project will contribute to Scotland’s goal of 100% renewable energy by 2020.

“By 2040, world energy demand is expected to dramatically increase,” said Tim Fuhr, director of ocean energy for Lockheed Martin’s Mission Systems and Training business.

“Lockheed Martin’s technology, development and expertise in ocean systems and global system integration skills will enable the AR1500 to use powerful tides to produce safe, clean renewable energy for homes and businesses around the world,” he said.

Tidal energy’s greatest advantage over other alternative energy sources, such as wind power and solar energy, is that it is almost entirely independent of the weather.

The movement of the tides can be accurately forecast for many years into the future.

Tim Cornelius during a panel discussion at the Tidal Today conference in London on 26 November 2013 (click image to expand - image ©RLLord)

Tim Cornelius, Chief Executive Officer of Atlantis Resources Ltd., during a panel discussion at the Tidal Today conference in London on 26 November 2013 (click image to expand – image ©RLLord)

“With us acquiring the MeyGen project, and receiving full consents to begin construction of the project’s first phase, it has been an amazing 12 months of growth for Atlantis,” said Tim Cornelius, Chief Executive Officer of Atlantis Resources Ltd.

“Our AR1500 development program with Lockheed Martin will ultimately deliver the rapidly growing tidal energy industry the most advanced, robust and powerful tidal turbine system available on the market.”

Last year, Lockheed Martin and Atlantis entered into an exclusive teaming partnership to develop technology, components and projects in the tidal power sector on a global basis.

The new AR1500 tidal turbine Lockheed Martin is designing is expected to be one of the most technologically advanced and robust turbines ever produced.

The two companies have been working together for four years, most recently on the delivery of the Energy Technologies Institute Tidal Energy Converter Demonstrator program, which is aimed at bringing a step-change reduction in the cost of deploying tidal turbines in commercial arrays.

Lockheed Martin takes a comprehensive approach to solving global energy and climate challenges, delivering solutions in the areas of energy efficiency, smart energy management, alternative power generation and climate monitoring.

The company is partnering with customers and investing talent in clean, secure, and smart energy to enable global security, a strong economic future, and climate protection for future generations.

Atlantis Resources Ltd. is a vertically integrated turbine supplier and project developer in the tidal energy industry. It holds equity positions in a diverse portfolio of tidal stream development projects, which includes 100% ownership of MeyGen Limited, the company developing the MeyGen project in Scotland.

Alongside its project development interests, Atlantis owns a portfolio of patents and patent applications relating to tidal power generation and sells tidal generation equipment and engineering services to third party developers, as well as its own projects.

As a revenue-generating organization, Atlantis also conducts industrial research and development and provides specialist consulting services globally.

Lockheed Martin, headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 115,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2013 were $45.4 billion.

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