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ETI funds MeyGen tidal expansion

1 September 2014
Atlantis Resources has secured £7.5m funding from the Energy Technologies Institute to expand its MeyGen tidal array project off north Scotland. The project is to deliver “a multi-turbine foundation structure” that will support a further two Atlantis 1.5MW tidal nacelles at the Inner Sound site in the Pentland Firth. The ETI project was negotiated separately to the company’s recent funding syndicate for the 6MW tidal turbine array under phase 1A of MeyGen. It will increase turbines number from four to six and the rated capacity of the tidal array from 6MW to 9MW. The initiative is known as phase 2 of the ETI’s Tidal Energy Converter project (TEC phase 2). Atlantis won phase 1 following a competitive tender and helped the ETI to develop a patent-pending innovative turbine foundation design, which will be installed at Inner Sound. TEC phase 2 will run over three stages, commencing with detailed design, fabrication and installation of the foundation structure and associated technologies. Atlantis will be responsible for turbine supply and electrical connection to the local grid. Jonathan Wills, director of programme delivery at the ETI, said: “Results from the first phase of the project have provided a number of innovations across array system architectures and their operation and the potential impact in the cost of energy produced. “In phase 2 we intend to demonstrate the most impactful of the innovations at a real site. The project should further enhance industry and investor confidence in tidal energy and help to unlock its potential as a serious contributor to future energy systems.”
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