Simec Atlantis Energy is set to team up with General Electric (GE) to develop utility-scale tidal stream turbines and related energy storage solutions.
Atlantis’s Turbine and Engineering Services (ATES) division will enter into a technology partnership and preferred supplier agreement (TPPSA) with GE’s Power Conversion business.
GE Power Conversion business commercial director Peter Oram said: “We are delighted to be working together towards cleaner energy solutions – harnessing natural resources, like tidal energy, and applying GE’s efficient MV power conversion technologies allows us to turn this abundant source of energy into reliable, predictable power, for the UK and the world.”
The two companies have also agreed to carry out joint marketing activities for their new subsea connection technologies. They have been working together on the development and performance validation of Atlantis’ AR2000 tidal generation system since September last year.
The AR2000 tidal generation system is expected to be the world’s largest single-axis turbine and will be installed on Atlantis’ MeyGen tidal power project in Scotland.
Project Stroma is the second phase of the MeyGen project. It will involve connecting two additional Atlantis AR2000 turbines to a single power export cable through a new subsea hub, which will then be connected via the MeyGen substation to the National Grid.
ATES director Drew Blaxland said: “GE is a world leader in power conversion equipment development and supply. The AR2000 is expected to be the world’s largest single-axis tidal turbine and it will be deployed on the world’s largest tidal power project.
“We want to partner with the world’s best companies; leaders in technology and innovation. This agreement with GE is a clear demonstration of our commitment to working with industry-leading companies to deliver utility scale tidal power.”