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Scotrenewables tidal energy machine

This is sitting on Hatston Pier at present.
Picture added on 26 February 2012 at 20:34
Comments:
If that securing lug below the front end is the mooring point, I think it will need constant checking, the shackle or the lug itself will be expected to take some harsh treatment , but that's only what I think .....
Added by Jimmy Hamilton on 27 February 2012
I've watched all the tidal and wave machines with interest. Most look like they were made in the Trabant factory (3/8th plate and welded on one side) but this looks like it could actually work!
Added by Ian Tait on 27 February 2012
Don't worry Jimmy, that's not the mooring point. This is just used for some towing manoeuvres. The mooring connection is a turret-type system similar to offshore FPSO systems - the turret (which is currently onsite at the Fall of Warness on the mooring system) hydraulically locks into place in the "moonpool" area approx 1/3rd of the way back from the nose. This creates a very secure connection and allows the turbine to swivel around the mooring system to capture tide in any direction.

We had this prototype turbine built at the Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast and it has full DNV certification. And yes, it does work! We've been testing the machine for nearly a year now in towing trials and onsite tests and so far everything is looking really good, but we've got a long way to go to fully prove the system. We generated full power of 250kW before Christmas and have now got the model out of the water for a month or so to fit some cameras and other monitoring equipment prior to longer-term trials this year.

If anyone would like to find out more please get in touch with our office in Stromness on 01856 851641 to arrange a visit to the turbine.

[Thanks Mark! - Steven]
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