Atlantis and GE To Build World’s Largest Tidal Turbine

SIMEC Atlantis Energy Limited, developer of sustainable energy generation projects, announced that its Turbine and Engineering Services Division will enter into a Technology Partnership and Preferred Supplier Agreement with GE’s Power Conversion business, a global leader in power conversion.

Under the terms of the partnership agreement, both parties will work together and share resources for the ongoing development of utility scale tidal energy generation and associated energy storage solutions. They will also engage in joint marketing activities to promote their innovative new subsea connection technologies and the wider benefits of cleaner, predictable tidal energy. Atlantis and GE have already been working in partnership since September 2018 on the development and performance validation of Atlantis’ AR2000 tidal generation system, which is expected to be the world’s largest and most powerful single axis turbine available.

This record-breaking system is expected to be deployed on future phases of Atlantis’ iconic MeyGen Project in Scotland and will also be available for sale to commercial developers. With their abundant experience in tidal stream turbine development and power conversion, the two parties will work jointly to help achieve efficient, sustainable solutions for the delivery of low-cost tidal power.

The partnership will play a key role in the delivery of equipment and services to the second phase of the MeyGen Project, known as Project Stroma, which will see two additional Atlantis AR2000 turbines connected via a new subsea hub to a single power export cable which will then be connected via the MeyGen substation to the National Grid.