Atlantis Resources Corporation, one of the world’s leading developers of electricity generating tidal current turbines, has unveiled the largest and most powerful tidal power turbine ever built, the AK1000, at Invergordon, Scotland. The AK1000 is due for installation at a dedicated berth at the European Marine Energy Centre, 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 1000 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 18 meter rotor diameter, weighs 130 tonnes and stands at a height of 22.5 meters. The giant turbine is expected to be environmentally benign due to a low rotation speed whilst in operation and will deliver predictable, sustainable power to the local Orkney grid.
“The unveiling and installation of the AK1000 is an important milestone, not only for Atlantis, but for the marine power industry in the United Kingdom,” says Timothy Cornelius, chief executive of Atlantis Resource Corporation. “The AK1000 is capable of unlocking the economic potential of the marine energy industry in Scotland and will greatly boost Scotland’s renewable generation capacity in the years to come.”