A key tidal energy project in the Pentland Firth has generated electricity for the first time.
In a “milestone” event for Atlantis Resources’ MeyGen scheme, a single turbine has now been connected to the grid and is exporting power. The device is the first of four 1.5 megawatt tidal turbines that will be installed off the Caithness coast.
The scheme’s backers hope that the successful first phase will eventually lead to the installation of scores of turbines generating hundreds of megawatts of electricity.
Atlantis was incorporated in Singapore in 2005 and its shares are quoted on London’s Alternative Investment Market. It has its principal project and operations office in Edinburgh.
Chief executive Tim Cornelius said: “This is the moment we have been working towards since we first identified the MeyGen site back in 2007, and I am immensely proud of and grateful for the remarkable team of people who have contributed to this milestone. The success of this first phase is a foundation for the tidal industry to build upon to ensure we develop a new energy sector which can deliver clean, predictable and affordable power from the UK’s own abundant resources.”
The firm said it planned to further update the market next month on the project’s progress.
MeyGen has been described as the world’s first large-scale tidal energy farm. Atlantis is the indirect majority owner of the project alongside minority holder Scottish Enterprise.