Scotland to build largest and most powerful turbine in the world

What’s with the inverted commas? Is it Scottish-made or not?

Anyhow, from Energy Voice on the 22nd:

Scottish renewable energy firm Simec Atlantis said today the tidal generation system it designed and built has arrived in Nagasaki harbour, Japan. Simec Atlantis said the AR500 tidal generation system would initially operate at a capped maximum generation output of 500kW, as data collection and device validation are undertaken for the client and Japanese regulatory bodies. It also announced last year plans to build the AR2000 tidal generation system – which would be the largest and most powerful single axis turbine in the world.

‘Scottish made’ tidal generation equipment arrives in Japan

We’ve been a bit quiet on this ‘Scottish Expertise‘ thread. Here’s the last stuff we posted:

Scotland’s oil and gas expertise will aid and earn abroad

Scottish offshore expertise at the fore, again

Scotland’s solar energy expertise shines () again

Scottish Subsea expertise to make billions raising World War 1 and 2 wreck cargoes

Scottish expertise produces breakthrough in ‘out-of-autoclave’ manufacturing

Scotland’s sub-sea expertise earns £15 million research fund to work with Japan

Scotland’s world-leading expertise to the fore again in India and Bangladesh

Scotland’s tidal energy expertise to help poor communities in South-East Asia

Scotland’s European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) to be test centre for 3 out of 6 new EU-funded offshore renewable energy projects as our expertise begins to earn billions

Scotland’s expertise in renewable power generation now worth billions

9 thoughts on “Scotland to build largest and most powerful turbine in the world”

  1. Westminster cut funding for tidal investment and went for nuclear. A complete waste of monies. Japan has other ideas. Scottish discovery and invention shaped the modern world. Westminster poor bad management held Scotland back.

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  2. We have so many usable tidal races. The one between Skye and the mainland especially springs to mind. Let’s fuck up the UK’s sub navigation through them by plonking turbines in the way.

    Have a look at a sailing map of the West Coast, it gives tidal race speeds. We can leave the Monster of Corryvreckan alone though.

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  3. I always though of a substantial grid of girders on the sea bed. It could be sat on jacks to raise it high enough to catch the current, but low enough for shipping. H-beam uprights at set distances. Turbines mass manufactured and set on standardised open bases that would easily slot into the upright beams .Every second space left empty, with each subsequent row off set from the one in front. When they have had their working life, or new improved versions are available, simple hoist them out and slot in the new versions. Simple tech and easy maintenance.
    Single turbines are not the answer, no matter how big. A turbine farm across the tidal gap for maximum benefit.

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    1. I had a friend who studied engineering at Edinburgh, he said they had developed an excellent tidal turbine for Scotland, which would have saved so much in CO2 and worked very well, but it was rejected in favour of nuclear etc. That was when Scotland was under the thumbs of the BritNats and before devolution.

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      1. The whole point of independence, is the ability to have your own successes and own your failures.
        “Devolution” (or increasingly direct rule) mean others failures are thrust upon us,
        Whether we like it—or not.
        Whether we are consulted–or not.
        Whether it’s good for Scotland–or more likely not.
        England at the present time is looking to build new nuclear power stations, at inordinate cost ( which become part of the U.K. Indebtedness we have added on to GERS). At some future point a depository for nuclear waste will be required.
        The deep clay beds of the south of England are considered the safest.
        But…..that is where the High Heid Yins live. The Internal Market Bill will allow them to override any Scottish objectives.
        So a policy for the benefit of England ( which they are entitled to seek) will have down sides and consequences which may be bad for Scotland.
        Hence independence.

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  4. The ‘Scottish’ is in inverted commas because the British Nationalist line is that Scotland is ‘too wee and no very good’,so, anything that has originated in Scotland has to have been the result of assistance from elsewhere (usually the UK’s ‘deep pockets’, as claimed by Bodger Broon.) I can remember Kaye Adam’s sneering and contemptuous dismissal of Andy Murray as a ‘Scottish’ tennis player because he had spent some of his formative years in Spanish and US training schools.

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    1. Yep. It’s actually a massive insult to Scotland and it’s meant to imply doubt. How on Earth could anything so innovative and useful be Scottish, it just cannot be surely it has to be just called ‘Scottish’ but not actually, in reality, SCOTTISH. God no. It’s a bit like my Labour voting, SNP hating, (Scottish) pals in 2014, who spent every minute telling me how sh**e Scotland was. Talk about how interesting Scotland’s geological history and make up is on the world stage? Reply ‘nah, it’s not that great!’ I don’t see them anymore, couldn’t stand the cringe.

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