‘World’s Most Powerful’ Tidal Turbine Starts Cranking Out Energy

When you hear the word “turbine,” in conversation, chances are good you’re picturing the same sort of giant windmill-esque apparatuses jutting out of the ground, turning wind into good, clean, fuel. But there’s a new kind of turbine on the block—tidal turbines, that jut out from the ocean and let the water’s currents power its rotor system. And this week, we’re getting what one company calls the “world’s most powerful tidal turbine” which has begun converting the ocean’s waves into electricity.

That’s according to the Orbital Marine Power, a Scottish engineering firm that first launched the 680 metric-ton turbine off the coast of Dundee earlier this year before towing it closer to the European Marine Energy Centre based out of the Orkney Islands in the UK, just north of mainland Scotland. The so-called O2 turbine is currently anchored off the Fall of Warness—a tidal turbine testing site—and connected to a nearby onshore electricity network with the help of some subsea cables.

“Our vision is that this project is the trigger to the harnessing of tidal stream resources around the world to play a role in tackling climate change whilst creating a new, low-carbon industrial sector,” Orbital CEO Andrew Scott said in a statement. CNBC reports that the 74-meter turbine is expected to be churning tides into fuel “for the next 15 years,” and should be capable of meeting the electricity demands of roughly 2,000 homes throughout the UK—and offsetting 2,200 tonnes of CO2 per year.

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Source: Gizmodo

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