UK - Orbital Marine Power launches 'world's most powerful tidal turbine'
New 2MW tidal turbine successfully launched from the Port of Dundee in major milestone for UK marine energy sector
Orbital Marine Power Ltd has hailed a "huge milestone" for the pioneering renewables company, after the firm announced it has successfully launched the world's most powerful tidal turbine.
The 2MW tidal turbine, the Orbital O2, was launched from the Port of Dundee last Thursday with the 680-tonne tidal turbine transferred from the Forth Ports quayside facility in Dundee into the River Tay using a submersible barge.
The company said the launch marks the completion of the turbine build phase of the project and the O2 will now be towed to the Orkney Islands where it will undergo commissioning before being connected to the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC).
"This is a huge milestone for Orbital; the O2 is a remarkable example of British clean tech innovation and the build we have completed here is an inspiring display of what a UK supply chain can achieve if given the opportunity - even under the extraordinary pressures of a pandemic," said Orbital's CEO, Andrew Scott.