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Atlantis Resources part of Scottish-based consortium to supply Chinese tidal turbine

A turbine for the MeyGen project
A turbine for the MeyGen project

Atlantis Resources and ITPEnergised have announced the formation of a consortium put together to deliver a 450kW tidal stream turbine to China Three Gorges (CTG).

As China’s largest clean energy corporation and generator, CTG aim to have the turbine on-site and operational by the end of 2019.

The tidal turbine will be connected to a grid and tested within a new test centre run by CTG in the Zhoushan islands, within the Zhejiang Province in the People’s Republic of China.

ITPEnergised, who hold offices in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow, confirmed today that it has contracted the services of well-known tidal turbine developer Atlantis Resources.

ITPEnergised also said that China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) will be responsible for fabricating the turbine, using their diverse Chinese supply chain.

Mark Leybourne, ITPE associate director, said: “We are excited to be working on this project, having been involved with its inception with CTG over 3 years ago. We are looking forward to working closely with Atlantis over the coming year and we’re confident that this project will provide our Chinese partners with a design that is superior to any of the turbines developed in China to date.

“The engagement of innovative British SMEs by such large Chinese state-owned conglomerates provides further evidence that the UK still leads the world in the tidal energy sector and demonstrates that the UK can capitalise on its position through the export of its expertise and leading technologies.”

Together the two firms will provide CSIC with engineering designs for the tidal turbine system later this year.

ITPE will then continue to support CSIC through the detailed design, fabrication, installation and O&M phases of the project.

Drew Blaxland, Atlantis Resources director of turbines and engineering services, said: “This is an excellent opportunity to showcase the depth of knowledge we have accumulated in tidal technology and development, working with ITPEnergised to ensure that their client receives a demonstrator turbine system that exceeds all expectations.

“Supporting the eventual delivery and operation of the system, and proving performance and reliability standards in Chinese waters will be a momentum change catalyst to accelerate larger scale marine energy development in China”.

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