Another marine power player has tugged a device to the European Marine Energy Center (EMEC), as the busiest year yet closed out for the center’s test sites in the waters off Scotland’s Orkney Islands. The latest entry: The Hammerfest Strom HS1000, a 100-foot underwater turbine with a generating capacity of 1 megawatt.
Hammerfest Strom is a joint venture of Iberdrola – the parent company of ScottishPower Renewables (SPR) – Andritz Hydro and Statoil New Energy. The company said the HS1000 will be tested at the EMEC to confirm the tidal power device’s performance and reliability “in preparation for larger scale production and deployment.” The plan is for the same machine to be used by SPR at the turbine array it is developing in the Sound of Islay, with deployment there expected to take place between 2013 and 2015.
“This is a major milestone in the development of tidal power technology in Scotland, and for the tidal power industry across the world,” SPR’s Chief Executive Keith Anderson said in a statement. “We anticipate using this turbine as part of our project in Islay, which will be the first of its kind in the world, and remains the only consented tidal array project in Scotland. Beyond this, we have ambitions to use this turbine as part of even larger scale projects in the Pentland Firth, which we are currently investigating.”
While the HS1000 employs an underwater turbine to grab energy from the tides, SPR has also deployed versions of the Pelamis device at the EMEC’s wave power test site. This device is semi-submerged and uses hydraulic cylinders to capture energy from the motion of waves.