In an announcement Tuesday, Orbital Marine Power said the award of the multi-million-pound contract marked the start of «major construction» on the Orbital O2 tidal stream turbine. The TEXO Group will undertake the work at its quayside facilities in the city of Dundee, Orbital said. The Orbital O2 will use a 73-meter-long «floating superstructure» to support two 1 megawatt turbines on each side and will have rotor diameters of 20 meters. It’s scheduled to commence operations in 2020.
The development of the Orbital O2 turbine, which can produce more than 2 MW from tidal stream resources, follows on from the 2016 launch of Orbital’s 2 MW SR2000 turbine. The European Commission has described «ocean energy» as being both abundant and renewable. It’s estimated that ocean energy could potentially contribute around 10% of the EU’s power demand by 2050, according to the Commission.
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