Schottel Hydro is to deliver tidal power turbines to Sustainable Marine Energy (SME) for the project at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Scotland.

The company will supply 16 units of Schottel Instream Turbines (SIT), each with a capacity of 62kW to SME over the next two years.

SME managing director Jason Hayman said: "This multi turbine array, the first of its kind in the world, will prove that tidal energy devices can be installed in a low cost manner and operated profitably over the long-term."

The 1MW project at EMEC will feature four PLAT-O submerged tidal platforms, each of which will host four turbines.

The PLAT-O system will be deployed between now and 2017. The installed power output will be fed directly into the Scottish power grid.

The scope of supply also includes the power electrics for the turbines and the interface management between turbines and platform.

"With this system we offer SME a simple ‘plug and play’ solution for their PLAT-O platforms."

Designed as downstream turbines, SITs have a rotor diameter of four metres. These turbines come with hydrodynamically optimised passive-adaptive composite blades with no need for any active pitch mechanism, the company said.

The turbines’ drive trains are standardised with a two-stage planetary gearbox, an induction generator and a mechanical brake.

Schottel Hydro managing director Niels A. Lange said: "With this system we offer SME a simple ‘plug and play’ solution for their PLAT-O platforms.

"We are very proud to be part of this project with 16 SIT turbines sold. The PLAT-O system provides Schottel Hydro with a route to market and we expect to deliver many more SITs to SME for these systems in the near future."

Image: Schottel Instream Turbine(SIT). Photo: courtesy of SCHOTTEL Group.