Rolls-Royce Talking to Developers, Utilities About U.K. Tidal Farms
Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc, the world’s second-largest aircraft engine maker, said it’s in talks with project developers and utilities to install tidal energy turbines in Scottish and Irish waters.
Rolls-Royce, which owns the ocean turbine maker Tidal Generation Ltd., is testing a 500-kilowatt machine at the European Marine Energy Center in Orkney, Robert Stevenson, vice president of Power Ventures at Rolls-Royce, said today by phone.
The London-based company plans to install a 1-megawatt turbine at EMEC in June for as much as two years of testing, Stevenson said. This forms part of a project funded by the U.K.’s Energy Technologies Institute, he said.
Wave and tidal energy including offshore farms have the potential to meet as much as 20 percent of the U.K.’s current electricity demand, according to the government. Rolls-Royce’s technology harnesses energy from tidal currents to make power.
Parallel to testing the 1-megawatt machine, Rolls-Royce is also talking with developers and utilities about building tidal turbine arrays in Scotland and Ireland.
The company already has agreed to install as much as 10 megawatts at the Inner Sound in Scotland as part of a project being built by Morgan Stanley (MS), International Power Plc (IPR) and turbine maker Atlantis Resources. Delivery is expected to start in 2015.
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