Orbital Multi-Turbine Tidal Array to be Delivered in New EU Project

Orbital O2 at EMEC tidal site in Orkney (Image credit: Orbital Marine Power)

Orbital, along with sector leading project partners, has been selected by the European Commission’s Horizon Europe Program to deliver a multi-turbine tidal energy project, EURO-TIDES*.

Key workstreams will focus on accelerating the commercial deployment of Orbital’s pioneering floating tidal stream technology.

The project will also bring together expertise from Ocean Energy Europe, Laborelec, Marasoft, European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), Center for Wind Power Drives (CWD) of RWTH Aachen University, Energie De La Lune and the University of Edinburgh.

The EURO-TIDES project will deliver a step change in the wider commercialization program for the scale deployment of Orbital’s leading technology. This will be achieved through targeted work to demonstrate manufacturing solutions compatible with series production, optimizations of long-term operation and maintenance programs while also accumulating accelerated operational performance data around Orbital’s technology.

The project will also work to bring forward commercial scale tidal projects in French waters to augment Orbital’s existing commercial project portfolio in the UK and overseas.

The European Commission has identified that transitioning from single turbine deployments to multi-turbine arrays is the next important milestone for the tidal stream sector as it moves towards contributing towards net zero targets in the UK, EU and beyond with a unique form of clean, predictable energy that generates like clockwork.

Andrew Scott, CEO of Orbital Marine Power, said: “Orbital is committed to ensuring tidal stream energy makes a material contribution to decarbonizing energy systems while supporting a just transition through the creation of a new industrial sector. The endorsement that comes from this selection is a huge boost to that objective while also enabling us, and our project partners, to accelerate that positive vision. We are looking forward to moving forwards with EURO-TIDES at pace early in 2024.”

*EURO-TIDES is the EUROpean Tidal energy pilot farm focused on Industrial Design, Environmental mitigation and Sustainability

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