New performance data released by Orkney-based Scotrenewables show that its SR2000 tidal turbine delivered significant generation despite being battered by heavy North Atlantic storms.
The extreme weather, which hit the Orkney Islands in late autumn and early winter last year, saw the SR2000 endure wave heights of over 7 meters.
Despite the turbulent conditions the tidal current turbine managed to maintain continuous generation in sea situations of 4 meter waves and constant 2MW energy generation in seas measuring over 2 meter waves.
Scotrenewables, who celebrated 1GW of generation over a new record time last year, have been testing the SR2000 through 2017 to continue through 2018.
Scotrenewables’ CEO, Andrew Scott, said: “This is only our first winter operating the 2MW unit and we are already fully validating the strong performance and stability of the turbine in really harsh conditions.”
The renewables firm recently announced that it has been using low cost vessels to carry out turbine maintenance and inspections.
The company claim they’re managing service response times of under 1 hour.
Scott added: “Low cost tidal energy is dependent on being able to maintain turbines cost effectively and maximise generator up time. With our locally stationed service team using small boats, as well as an ability to access the turbine in a range of sea conditions, we are proving