Marine tidal current prototype to be installed off the Scottish coast by Voith Hydro and RWE Innogy

15/06/2010 09:17 Renewable

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The joint venture company Voith Hydro Ocean Current Technologies, with Voith Hydro holding an 80% share and RWE Innogy a 20% share, projects to install a 1 MW marine tidal current turbine off the Scottish coast.

The European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney Island waters will be the one to test the prototype for a period of two years, beginning with 2011. The turbine is expected to supply 1,800 MWh of power into the grid annually, the turbine base to be manufactured and installed by Bauer Renewables. A total of 1.7 million pounds out of the needed investment of 11.8 million will be supplied by the government of the UK, via the Carbon Trust’s Marine Renewables Proving Fund. At present, Voith Hydro Ocean Current Technologies is installing its first turbine of this kind, with a capacity of 110 kW, on the South Korean coast. The turbines are wholly being operated with no oils, the saltwater being a natural lubricant.

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