Tidal energy firm Scotrenewables says its 2.2MW floating turbine has clocked up 1GWh at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney.
The company will now go to market for further funds to help commercialise its technology.
The SR2000, the company’s first full scale turbine, was towed to Orkney from the Harland and Wolf shipyard in Belfast last year for grid connected testing. Initial generation started earlier this year and the company claims it quickly set a world record for the highest export level from a tidal turbine of 2.2MW.
While the turbine has suffered some outages during that time, CEO Andrew Scott said the speed with which they could be fixed, using low cost vessels, “validates the engineering approach we have pioneered”.
The firm recently appointed financial advisors, Simmons & Company to initiate a fund raising effort to help the business transition to commercial operations and build its first arrays of multiple turbines.