The Atlantis Resources, the marine renewable power company, has unveiled the world’s largest tidal turbine in Scotland. The massive engineering marvel named AK1000 will be installed at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney, this summer. People from around the world attended the unveiling ceremony which took place at the Isleburn Engineering facility, and took their only opportunity to view the massive turbine before it is installed on the seabed and connected to the grid at EMEC.
Timothy Cornelius, CEO of Atlantis Resources, says the unveiling and installation of the AK1000 is an important milestone, not only for Atlantis, but for the marine power industry in the United Kingdom. The megastructure which is weighing in at 1300 tons and having a height of about 74 feet has rotors nearly 60 feet across. Its manufactures say that it is capable of dispatching 1MW of predictable power at a water velocity of 2.65m/s and can produce electricity to power over 1000 homes. It is also designed to withstand tough weather conditions like those found off the Scottish coast. Atlantis said that the AK1000 is the simplest but most robust turbine you could possibly put in such a harsh environment. The AK1000 is also designed to be environment friendly. At about six to eight rotations per minute, no damage will be done to the surrounding marine life. And with two sets of blades, the turbine will be able to generate electricity from both ebb and flood tides.
The AK1000 is capable of unlocking the economic potential of the marine renewable energy industry in Scotland and will greatly add to Scotland’s renewable generation capacity in the years to come.