Atlantis Resources has deployed the 1.5MW AR1500 tidal energy turbine off the coast of Scotland.

The installation is the latest development in MeyGen tidal energy project, which has been designed to harness the tides motion for powering up to 175,000 homes in Scotland. MeyGen's site is located in Pentland Firth, 2km from Scotland's north-east tip.

Designed by Lockheed Martin (LM) in partnership with Atlantis, the new turbine is equipped with LM developed subsystems, yaw drive system (YDS) and a variable pitch system (VPS).

With these two solutions, the turbine can rotate autonomously around its base and always faces the tidal flow.

As the pitch angle of the turbine blades also adjusts, the power generation can be optimised in a particular tidal stream.

"The turbine can rotate autonomously around its base and always faces the tidal flow."

Lockheed Martin Energy vice-president Frank Armijo said: "Tidal turbines must be highly reliable and resilient to withstand and operate within the tough environment of a sea floor.

“With innovations in advanced manufacturing and materials, and experiences gained in the design and production of undersea systems, space projects and aeronautics, we're now helping to make tidal energy more reliable and effective."

Atlantis aims to deploy nearly 270 turbines to generate about 400MW of energy.

Lockheed Martin and Atlantis collaborated in 2013 to develop technology, components and projects in the tidal power sector on a global basis, beginning with the AR1500 turbine.

Image: Lockheed Martin Atlantis Tidal Energy Turbine. Photo: courtesy of Lockheed Martin Corporation.