Atlantis today confirmed one of its MeyGen turbines had achieved full power.
Each MeyGen turbine is capable of generating 1.5 megawatts of power when the water speed reaches just over 3.0 meters per second, or around six knots of flow. Full power allows “for validation of the power curve models which underpin the financial assumptions of the project”. The milestone is another de-risking step for the project.
MeyGen Project director, David Taaffe, said: “It is extremely satisfying to see all of the meticulous planning and preparation come to life and be validated in the field. Andritz has done a wonderful job in commissioning this system, drawing on many years of operational experience. This will be one of many milestones to come as we now build on this successful start and continue to roll out the world’s largest tidal power array. It is an important day for my entire team and all of our contractors.”