Alstom injects 100MW into the grid

Alstom’s full scale tidal stream device that is installed at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, Scotland, has now injected over 100MWh of electricity into the grid.

By K.Steiner-Dicks on Nov 6, 2013

The company said that this is a major milestone in the development of its device which follows the earlier connection of the turbine to the grid and the progressive ramp up to full nominal power of 1MW over recent months.

The latest technical milestone is part of the ReDAPT testing programme, which aims at demonstrating the performance of the machine in different operational conditions.

Tests will continue at Orkney in different operational conditions into 2014, to demonstrate further autonomous running capabilities and efficiency of the turbine while generating electricity to the grid. These testing campaigns will be followed by other tests including deployment in pilot farms before the start of full commercial production, said the company.