SIMEC Atlantis commissions pilot tidal project in Japan

SIMEC Atlantis Energy (SAE) has installed its demo tidal turbine and generation equipment in Japanese waters near the Goto Island chain. The pilot turbine has generated 10 MWh in its first 10 days of operation. Supply and installation of the turbine were provided under a contract with a Japanese company Kyuden Mirai Energy. The AR500 tidal turbine was made in Scotland at SAE’s facility at Nigg Energy Park in Cromarty Firth. The turbine was assembled and tested over nine weeks before it was shipped to Japan. The process of installation involved laying the cable, landing the foundation structure and ballast on the sea floor, connecting the cable, and finally, installing the turbine on the foundation. This offshore set-up took about five days to complete.

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