SIMEC Atlantis Energy Limited (LON:SAE) has unveiled the design for its new AR2000 2.0-megawatt tidal power turbine system which includes the largest and most powerful single axis turbine available on the commercial market.
The diversified sustainable energy generation company said this next generation turbine will be capable of accommodating rotor diameters of between 20-24 meters, site dependent, with a cut in speed of less than one meter per second (m/s) and a maximum of output of 2.0 MW at 3.05 m/s for a machine with a 20 meter rotor diameter.
Atlantis said it is in discussions with various governments, developers and site owners with respect to identifying potential locations for a manufacture, assembly, testing and commissioning facility for the turbine.
It added the AR2000 has been in development at its Turbine and Engineering Division in Bristol for over two years and builds on the successes and lessons learned from the AR1500 deployment and operation on the world leading MeyGen project in Scotland.
SAE has invested more than £5mln in the development of this machine which is expected to be deployed on future phases of the MeyGen Project and will be available for sale to commercial developers in the fourth quarter of 2019.
Drew Blaxland, SAE’s director of Turbine and Engineering Services, said: "The AR2000 marks the culmination of 15 years of investment, relentless experimentation, rigorous testing and subsea operation.
“Not only will it be the largest single rotor turbine in production, it will be the backbone of a highly efficient and cost-effective generation system capable of deployment in each of our key target markets in the UK, France, Channel Islands, Asia, Australia and Canada.”
The turbine is offered as part of a complete rotor to grid tidal generation system, with an array architecture that allows multiple turbines to be connected in parallel, reducing the cost and impact of the subsea infrastructure.
It will have a 25-year design life with quarter-life interventions for routine maintenance.