O2 Tidal Device Made In Scotland Will Power Orkney Homes

Orbital Marine Power (Orbital) has been awarded £3.4million from the Scottish Government for its O2 Tidal device. As part of the £10 million Saltire Tidal Energy Challenge Fund, the 72 metre long O2, capable of generating more than 2MW from tidal stream resources, will be built in Scotland and installed at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney. The tidal device, which has  360° turbine rotors, allowing power to be extracted from both tidal directions, will be made in Scotland  by Scottish company Texo Group at their new quayside facilities in Dundee. Key components will be delivered by Gray Fabrication in Cupar using material from Liberty Steel in Motherwell. The O2 2MW Floating Tidal Energy Turbine will be capable of powering more than 1,700 homes per year in Orkney.