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The world’s most powerful tidal turbine now got a notable funding support

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The worlds most powerful tidal turbine now got a notable funding support

Scottish engineering firm Orbital Marine Power said Monday it got £8 million ($9.64 million) in subsidizing to “finance the ongoing operation” of its O2 tidal turbine, one more step in the right direction for the fledgling tidal power sector.

In an announcement, Orbital Marine Power said £4 million had come from the Scottish National Investment Bank, which was set up by the Scottish government in November 2020. The other £4 million comes from Abundance Investment, through in excess of 1,000 individual investors.

“These debt facilities will be serviced by the long-term sale of electricity from the turbine, forecast at around 100 gigawatt hours of clean predictable energy, delivered to the UK grid or hydrogen electrolysers over its project life,” Orbital said.

As indicated by Orbital Marine Power, its 2-megawatt O2 weighs 680 metric tons and has a 74-meter hull structure. The organization depicts the O2, which utilizes 10-meter blades and began the grid-connected power generation last year, as “the world’s most powerful tidal turbine.”

Mark Munro, executive director at the SNIB, said its investment in Orbital aligned with its “mission to support home-grown innovation and the just energy transition.”

“The company’s unique and scalable approach to tidal stream energy has an important role to play in the journey towards net zero,” Munro added.

Scotland has had a long relationship with the North Sea oil and gas creation, yet as of late, it’s likewise turned into a center for organizations and projects focused on tidal power and marine energy overall.

Orkney, an archipelago in waters north of mainland Scotland, is home to the European Marine Energy Center. At EMEC, wave and tidal energy developers can test and evaluate their technology in the open sea. Orbital’s O2 turbine is at an EMEC site.

Last year, New York-recorded TechnipFMC, which supplies technology to the energy sector, announced a strategic investment in Orbital Marine Power.

Europe’s energy transition

European establishments of tidal and wave energy capacity hopped in 2021, as the ocean energy sector saw deployments retreat to pre-pandemic levels and a significant expansion in investment.

In March, Ocean Energy Europe said 2.2 megawatts of tidal stream capacity was established in Europe last year, compared and only 260 kilowatts in 2020. For wave energy, 681 kW was installed in Europe in 2021, which OEE said was a triple increment in 2020.

Globally, 1.38 MW of wave energy came online in 2021, while 3.12 MW of tidal stream capacity was installed.

While there is excitement about the potential of marine energy, the general size of tidal stream and wave projects remains tiny contrasted and other renewables.

In 2021 alone, Europe installed 17.4 gigawatts of wind power capacity, as per figures from industry body WindEurope.

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