In Scotland, the MeyGen project is successfully implementing the deployment of hundreds of underwater tidal generators with a capacity of 1.5 MW each. The project will be completed by 2020 connecting the power plant to a unified energy system in the United Kingdom.
Four huge turbines have already been manufactured: three generators are manufactured by Andritz Hydro Hammerfest and one by Atlantis Resources. The weight of each generator is approximately 200 tons. Currently, they are assembled on the embankment of the Nigga energy park, from where they will soon be delivered to the installation site at the bottom of the sea by a specialized Neptune vessel.
Externally, tidal generators, due to the three-blade scheme, have much in common with wind turbines. However, the size of underwater knives is much lower than windmills, which is associated with a denser aquatic environment. The turbines are equipped with a rotating mechanism that allows the blades to rotate 180 degrees, thus reacting to the changing underground currents.
The installation of the first four turbines will be the start of a large-scale project for the deployment of 269 turbines with a total capacity of 398 MW, which will be able to supply power to approximately 175,000 households in the United Kingdom.
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