The largest and most power tidal turbine ever has been unveiled by Austrailian company Atlantis.
The AK1000 was developed by Atlantis Resources Corporation in Iverngordon, Scotland. It is programmed for installation at the European Marine Energy Centre off Orkney later this year.
The turbine is rated at 1 Megawatt and is expected to produce enough electricity for the annual needs of 1000 homes. It has been specifically designed for the hostile north sea waters and is 22.5 metres high with an 18 metre rotor diameter. The low rotor speed has been designed to reduce marine life impacts.
CEO of Atlantis Timothy Cornelius said: “The unveiling and installation of the AK1000 is an important milestone, not only for Atlantis, but for the marine power industry in the United Kingdom. It represents the culmination of 10 years of hard work, dedication and belief from all our partners, staff, directors and shareholders. The AK1000 is capable of unlocking the economic potential of the marine energy industry in Scotland and will greatly boost Scotland’s renewable generation capacity in the years to come.”
“ Today is not just about our technology, it is about the emergence of tidal power as a viable asset class that will require the development of local supply chains employing local people to deliver sustainable energy to the local grid. The AK1000 takes the industry one step closer to commercial scale tidal power projects.”
The workhorse tidal turbine is to a significant degree a British project with the nacelle fabricated in Newcastle and steel for the turbine from Corus’ Scunthorpe steel plant.
Picture taken from Atlantis Resources Corporation website.