The world’s most powerful tidal turbine launched off the coast of Orkney earlier this year, where it will generate enough clean energy to power around 2,000 households in the UK over the next 15 years. “O2” is the new development from the Scottish engineering company Orbital marine energy, which made the 74 meter long construction in the last decade and a half.
Anchored in the turbulent waters of Fall of Warness off the northeastern point of Scotland, the 2 MW machine is connected to the onshore power grid of the European Center for Ocean Energy. The test facility uses the strong currents flowing through the canal from the North Atlantic to the North Sea – these currents reach 7.8 knots in spring tides – to create a reliable power source for local communities. During his stay, “O2” will also support the center’s hydrogen electrolyser, the first in the world to produce the pure element at tidal speeds, and continue to support the extensive decarbonization efforts.
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