Orbital Marine Power
Scottish based Orbital Marine Power has established itself as the leader of innovative tidal stream engineering, having pioneered a unique floating turbine solution after over fifteen years of intensive research, development and scale model testing. Credited with developing the technology to transform the future of tidal energy on a global scale, Orbital’s proprietary technology is capable of producing a step-change reduction in the cost of energy from tidal currents.
Currently in construction is the Orbital O2 tidal turbine, which will be the world’s most powerful tidal turbine and is due to be installed at the European Marine Energy Centre’s Fall of Warness tidal test site in Orkney, in 2021. Click here for an in-depth visualisation of the O2.
Breakthrough Tidal Technology
- Optimised, efficient superstructure design.
- Low cost manufacturing and maintenance strategies.
- Largest rotor swept area ever of a tidal turbine (620 m2).
- Compatible with local supply chain and available infrastructure.
Improvements in Orbital’s platform design have allowed for a rotor diameter increase of 4m on the company’s previous, record breaking, 2MW SR2000 turbine, with the O2 capable of producing electricity for over 1,700 UK homes. View photos of the build in progress here.
Check out the Orbital mission video, Turning the Tide
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 691916.