SIMEC Atlantis Energy will enter into a technology partnership and preferred supplier agreement with GE’s Power Conversion business. 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 new subsea connection technologies and the wider benefits of cleaner, predictable tidal energy.
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Atlantis and GE have 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 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.
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.
Drew Blaxland, Director of ATES, said, ”This agreement with GE is a clear demonstration of our commitment to working with industry leading companies to deliver utility scale tidal power. As the sole supplier of turbine generation equipment to the second phase of the MeyGen Project in Scotland, partnering with GE unlocks enormous opportunities to build on 10 years of R&D to now deliver more cost-effective, cleaner tidal power solutions for developers around the world.”
Peter Oram, Commercial Director of GE’s Power Conversion business, added, “We are delighted to be working together towards cleaner energy solutions – harnessing natural resources, like tidal energy, and applying GE’s efficient MV power conversion technologies allows us to turn this abundant source of energy into reliable, predictable power, for the UK and the world.”