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Magallanes installs tidal turbine at EMEC

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Spanish tidal energy developer Magallanes Renovables is testing its tidal turbine on a test site at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, Scotland.

Installation of the second generation 2MW tidal platform ‘ATIR’ took place on 16th February, marking a milestone in the Ocean_2G project, which aims to test, validate and pre-certify Magallanes’ device. The ATIR will now undergo commissioning on site and will connected to the national grid.

Magallanes built and launched the ATIR in Vigo, Spain in 2017, where it underwent a structured test programme to optimise the tidal turbine. After this period of testing, the ATIR towed from Spain to Orkney in September 2018.

The journey to Orkney was a significant undertaking, but the team skillfully navigated through challenging weather conditions and some of Europe’s toughest seas. The ATIR successfully installed at EMEC. This marks a significant milestone for the project and is a testament after years of preparation. The next phase of the project will involve commencing the testing program at the Fall of Warness.

At Magallanes Renovables we began our fight against climate change in 2009. All thanks to a technology that allows us to generate clean energy from the endless tides. We are working to unlock an energy source that could generate 16% of the world’s energy needs.

Tidal power is a renewable energy powered by tides and ocean currents. Tides arise from the rise and fall of sea levels around the world. Gravity pulls water across the earth’s surface as the earth rotates. When water flow through channels or between islands, the water accelerates and formed tidal currents.

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