Scottish Power Renewables, Alstom team up on tidal energy array

Alstom and ScottishPower Renewables signed a memorandum of understanding to use Alstom’s tidal power devices in the Sound of Islay project.

The tidal array, between the islands of Islay and Jura on the west coast of Scotland, will include up to four of Alstom’s 1 MW tidal devices, one of which is currently on test at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney.

The new development is expected to result in the Sound of Islay project generating up 10 MW of renewable power when fully operational.

The Islay program remains on schedule for the first unit to be deployed in late 2015, with full site deployment during 2016. Operations are planned for 25 years and the demonstration project is anticipated to be the launch pad for future larger scale sites around the Scottish coast, with ScottishPower Renewables working on plans for a potential 95 MW tidal project off the north coast of Caithness at Duncansby.

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