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Atlantis Resources set to test its tidal turbine in the UK

Moving a step closer to producing commercial scale energy, UK based tidal energy developer, Atlantis Resources, is set to test its revolutionary AR1500 tidal turbine in real-life conditions.

Atlantis Resources is working with Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult on the €1.3m Eurostars project to develop and deploy the 1.5MW  AR1500 tidal turbine at MeyGen tidal array located in the Pentland Firth strait in Scotland. 

ORE Catapult’s 3MW power train test rig will be used to simulate the real-life dynamic forces that the tidal turbine is expected to encounter during its deployment. These series of tests aimed at eliminating the potential risks associated with AR1500’s deployment will play a crucial role in minimizing the risk of complications and unplanned maintenance. 

Mr. Luke Murray, Design Director at Atlantis Resources, said “The ability to check the performance characteristics of the turbine, validate the control system, and prove the AR1500’s reliability prior to deployment is a critical element in the technology’s development lifecycle and will provide the market and investors with value-added confidence.” 

Operations Director at ORE Catapult, Mr. Tony Quinn said “The MeyGen project is strategically important, reinforcing the UK’s position as a global leader in tidal development, and so I’m very pleased to welcome back Atlantis and to be able to support them in the testing and validation of their next generation tidal turbine.”

“Here at the Catapult, we work collaboratively with innovators such as Atlantis to help develop their ideas into market ready technologies. Our range of testing assets and methods helps to reduce risk in new innovative designs and generate confidence in their performance, ultimately tackling some of the industry’s major technology challenges to drive down the cost of offshore renewable energy,” he added. 

This prestigious project will increase share of renewable energy in the total energy mix of the UK.