Magallanes Renovables deployment to EMEC
Spanish tidal energy developer Magallanes Renovables has entered into a berth agreement with the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, Scotland, where its tidal energy prototype is due to be demonstrated in the next phase of the OCEAN_2G project.
Funded by the Fast Track to Innovation pilot scheme, part of the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, OCEAN_2G aims to test, validate and pre-certify Magallanes’ second generation (2G) 2MW tidal platform – ATIR.
Following the launch of the OCEAN_2G project in Vigo, Spain in 2017, Magallanes Renovables has been validating its 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.
Alejandro Marques de Magallanes, CEO, Magallanes Renovables, is delighted with the progress that has been made so far:
“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. We will continue to optimise the system in order to extract more energy, to ensure the device is performing to its optimum capabilities.”
The next steps will see the full-scale device being towed to Orkney. The operational performance of the system will then be demonstrated at EMEC’s grid-connected tidal test site at the Fall of Warness.
EMEC’s Managing Director, Neil Kermode, adds: “We look forward to welcoming Magallanes Renovables back to Orkney after the success of previous tests at EMEC in 2014. This project is yet another positive step change for the tidal energy market and 2018 is shaping up to be another busy year at our test centre.”
Led by SAGRES - Magallanes Renovables’ parent company - the OCEAN_2G project consortium bring together EMEC, Orkney-based marine services provider Leask Marine, and electrical specialists IM FutuRe.
Magallanes Renovables S.L. is a limited company registered in Spain and based in Redondela (Vigo) that started its business activity in 2007 and, since then, has focused its activity on the development of a floating platform and its different systems to harness the energy of tidal currents and to convert it into electrical energy. The company aims to become a world leader in the production of floating platforms for the generation of electrical energy from tidal currents.
The company relies on a multidisciplinary group of experts specialized in different fields. This team has played a leading role in the success achieved so far, although collaboration has also been established with numerous companies focused on the naval sector, together with technological, engineering and composite materials companies. This has enabled the creation of synergies by adapting the knowledge of those sectors to each of the platform’s systems.
Leask Marine provides marine management, seabed surveys, transportation, deployment and recovery operations, together with inspection and servicing of mooring systems to allow a full turnkey solution for developers.
Leask Marine has built up an enviable reputation for equipment advancement and industry procedural development to handle the extremely harsh environments that these devices are deployed, tested and operated in.
Established in 2003, EMECclaims to be the world’s leading facility for testing wave and tidal energy converters in real sea conditions.
By Jake Frith
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