The turbine and engineering services division of SIMEC Atlantis Energy (SAE) has unveiled the world’s largest single rotor tidal turbine.
The Bristol-based division’s new 2.0-megawatt tidal power turbine system includes the largest and most powerful single axis turbine available on the commercial market.
It will be capable of accommodating rotor diameters of between 20 and 24 metres.
The AR2000 has been in development for more than two years and builds on the lessons learned from the AR1500 deployment and operation on the MeyGen project in Scotland.
SAE has invested more than £5m in the development of the machine which will be available for sale to commercial developers in the fourth quarter of 2019.
Drew Blaxland, director of turbine and engineering services, said: “The AR2000 marks the culmination of 15 years of investment, relentless experimentation, rigorous testing and subsea operation.
“Not only will it be the largest single rotor turbine in production, it will be the backbone of a highly efficient and cost-effective generation system capable of deployment in each of our key target markets in the UK, France, Channel Islands, Asia, Australia and Canada.”