World's largest tidal turbine is launched in Scotland
12 August 2010
Atlantis Resources Corporation has unveiled the the AK1000, the largest and most powerful tidal power turbine ever built. Launched yesterday at Invergordon, Scotland, the AK1000 is due for installation at a dedicated berth at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), located in Orkney, Scotland later this summer.
Despatching 1MW of predictable power at a water velocity of 2.65m/s, the AK1000 is capable of generating enough electricity for over 1,000 homes. It is designed for harsh weather and rough, open ocean environments such as those found off the Scottish coast.
The turbine incorporates cutting edge technology from suppliers across the globe, has an 18m rotor diameter, weighs 130 tonnes and stands at a height of 22.5m. It is expected to be environmentally benign due to its low rotation speed whilst in operation, and will deliver predictable, sustainable power to the local Orkney grid.
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