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Orbital Marine Power to install first floating tidal farm in Scotland

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | March 31, 2020
Orbital Marine Power have signed up to a second berth at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, Scotland, in preparation for delivery of the company’s first floating tidal turbine farm.
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The company is currently in the process of manufacturing its first commercial 2 MW O2 turbine.

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With a swept area of over 600 square metres, the O2 will be the world’s most powerful tidal turbine, capable of meeting the annual electricity demand of over 1,700 UK homes.

Orbital raised £7 million in crowdfunding to deliver the turbine along with £3.4 million of funding raised by the Scottish Government through the Saltire Tidal Energy Challenge Fund.

The O2 project is also being supported with European funding via the Horizon 2020 FloTEC project and Interreg NWE ITEG project.

The first O2 turbine is currently expected to be grid connected at EMEC by the end of 2020 with a view to being fully operational in early 2021.

Securing a second berth at EMEC provides a route for the company to deliver a 4 MW floating farm at EMEC’s Fall of Warness tidal energy test site, off Orkney’s northern island of Eday.

Estimated installation for the second turbine is 2022.