The aim of OCEAN_2G is to test, validate and pre-certify Magallanes’ second generation (2G) 2MW tidal platform – ‘ATIR’. The project is funded by the Fast Track to Innovation scheme, which is part of the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. OCEAN_2G was launched in Vigo, Spain in 2017. Magallanes Renovables have been validating their ATIR prototype in the controlled marine environment at Vigo bay as part of a structured test programme which has seen power being generated via tow tests.
“We’ve been busy testing our device here in Vigo and we are pleased to have already successfully generated electric power during our towing tests” said Alejandro Marques de Magallanes, CEO, Magallanes Renovables. “We will continue to optimise the system in order to extract more energy, to ensure the device is performing to its optimum capability.”
The next stage of the project will see the full-scale device being towed to Orkney, where its operational performance will be demonstrated at EMEC’s Fall of Warness grid-connected tidal test site.
The OCEAN_2G project consortium brings together SAGRES – Magallanes Renovables’ parent company, which is leading the project – EMEC, Orkney-based marine services provider Leask Marine, and electrical specialists IM FutuRe.
Image: Magallanes’ second generation (2G) 2 MW tidal platform – ‘ATIR’ (Courtesy of Magallanes Renovables)