Orbital Marine Power’s, O2, the world’s most powerful tidal turbine, arrived in Orkney Waters on Saturday, 24th April, following launch from the Port of Dundee on Thursday 22nd April. Orbital O2 On Its Way To Orkney
The turbine was towed to Orkney by Leask Marine’s new multicat vessel, the C-Force, in a voyage that took two days.
The turbine will be temporarily moored at Deer Sound while final commissioning is completed along with a programme of tow trials before installation at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) Fall of Warness tidal test site for a long-term project.
Following connection to the national grid, EMEC will undertake an independent power performance assessment for Orbital.
The O2 is Orbital Marine Power’s first commercial demonstrator and represents the culmination of more than 15 years of product development and testing in Orkney. It is envisaged that the O2 will become the basis for first commercial sales of the technology.