PTEC remains on course to bring forward their tidal project off the Isle of Wight

Following the recent announcement by the UK government that they have issued an intervention notice for the acquisition of Perpetuus Group by Taurus International Ltd and others, PTEC (Perpetuus Tidal Energy Centre) would like to confirm that they are not being sold.  The intervention notice relates to another company within the group, Perpetuus Advanced Materials, which is run independently.

Rob Stevens, Chairman of PTEC said:

“The PTEC team remains committed to delivering the tidal energy project and is not in any way involved in the sale of any other Perpetuus companies.

Our vitally important project will harness tidal energy as a renewable, reliable source of electricity, generating energy for at least 15 years, providing power to thousands of homes. The green agenda has become even more important since we started work on the project and the timely approval of local planning will pave the way for construction and the exporting of green energy to the grid by 2026, bringing a new clean industry and jobs to the Isle of Wight.”

UK Energy Minister visits EMEC

The Rt Hon Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP, UK Minister for Energy, Clean Growth and Climate Change, and David Duguid MP, UK Government Minister for Scotland, visited the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney today to see the developments taking place in ocean energy.

The Ministers were met by Neil Kermode, EMEC’s Managing Director, Richard Graham MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Marine Energy, and various UK Marine Energy Council (MEC) members prior to heading out to sea to visit EMEC’s Fall of Warness tidal test site. Discussions centred around the marine energy sector and the UK’s potential to develop a world leading industry which will contribute to green recovery and the UK Government’s overarching net zero 2050 target.

During the tour, Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan and Minister David Duguid witnessed tidal turbines by Orbital Marine Power and Magallanes Renovables in action at EMEC’s test site. The Scottish-built Orbital O2 turbine was developed with 80% UK supply chain content highlighting the national opportunities for industry development and positive economic impact. The Spanish-founded ATIR tidal turbine by Magallanes further exemplifies the inward investment and export opportunities for Scotland and the UK.

Upon returning to shore in Kirkwall, they met with EMEC and Orkney Islands Council to discuss marine energy opportunities for Orkney and the archipelago’s wider energy landscape. This was followed by a roundtable lunch with MEC members and ocean energy supply chain companies to discuss the tangible potential ocean energy offers to level up coastal and island areas and to further the just transition as a nascent renewable energy industry with notable export potential for the UK.

Prior to departure, the Ministers also visited EMEC’s hydrogen fuel cell and storage trailers at Kirkwall Pier and were introduced to members of EMEC’s operations team who outlined how the green hydrogen economy is developing in Orkney.

Minister for Energy, Clean Growth and Climate Change, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, said: “The British coastline offers enormous potential for marine power to form part of our transition to a low carbon economy.

“It was a privilege to visit the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney today, to see first-hand the incredible work taking place to develop wave and tidal energy technology, and kick start an entire new renewables industry in the UK.

“Being an island nation means we are in the best position possible to reap the benefits of our natural, renewable resources to produce clean energy, helping us build back greener from the pandemic and reach our ambitious climate goals.”

UK Government Minister for Scotland, David Duguid, said:

“It was great to see EMEC’s tidal test site first-hand and get a feel for the fantastic work taking place in the marine energy sector.

“As we prepare to host COP26 in Glasgow in November the eyes of the world will be on the UK to show leadership and innovation as we work towards our net zero ambitions. Orkney’s marine energy sector has real potential to help create a world-leading clean energy industry, supporting the transition to a greener future while providing a boost to the local economy and community.”

Neil Kermode, Managing Director, EMEC said:

“A visit to Orkney offers a glimpse into our energy future. Orkney is a pathfinder to net zero – a living laboratory with a track record in innovation and a world-leading centre for marine energy. The flexibility, predictability and resilience offered by wave and tidal energy technologies, combined with positive economic impacts for coastal communities make marine energy an important part of the UK’s renewable energy mix. It was fantastic to host Rt Hon Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP and David Duguid MP and showcase the ongoing activities and future potential of both the industry and the archipelago.

“More marine energy devices have been tested at EMEC than at any other single site in the world which has prompted considerable investment and job creation in Orkney, Scotland and throughout the UK. With the right support to help these first-of-a-kind technologies reach commercial scale, we could see that impact replicated around UK waters and be exporting to global markets.”

Sue Barr, Chair, Marine Energy Council, said:

“The Marine Energy Council were delighted to join the Minister on her visit to EMEC where we discussed the extensive opportunities for wave and tidal stream energy in the UK. The visit illustrated the true extent of the sector’s economic potential, with supply chain activities carried out in engineering workshops and manufacturing plants spanning the length and breadth of the UK.

“This domestic sector has the capability to lead the world, making a major contribution to the UK’s net zero targets, green recovery and the levelling-up agenda. We welcomed the opportunity to discuss the value in setting a 1 GW target for marine energy technologies in the 2030s and the necessary revenue support reforms to unlock this sector from Contracts for Difference (AR4) later this year onwards. We look forward to working with the UK Government to deliver upon the potential of the marine energy sector.”

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World’s most powerful tidal turbine, the O2, starts exporting clean power.

Orbital Marine Power’s O2, the world’s most powerful tidal turbine, has commenced grid connected power generation at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney. The innovative, floating turbine is anchored in the Fall of Warness where a subsea cable connects the 2MW offshore unit to the local onshore electricity network.

Manufactured and launched in Dundee earlier in the year before being towed up to Orkney, the O2 is Orbital’s first commercial turbine and represents the culmination of more than 15 years of world leading product development in the UK. The 74m long turbine is expected to operate in the waters off Orkney for the next 15 years with the capacity to meet the annual electricity demand of around 2,000 UK homes with clean, predictable power from the fast-flowing waters. In a further ground-breaking element of the project, the O2 is to provide power to EMEC’s onshore electrolyser to generate green hydrogen that will be used to demonstrate decarbonisation of wider energy requirements.

Orbital CEO, Andrew Scott, said: “This is a major milestone for the O2 and I would like to commend the whole team at Orbital and our supply chain for delivering this pioneering renewable energy project safely and successfully. 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.”

The construction of the O2 turbine was enabled by public lenders through the ethical investment platform, Abundance Investment, as well as being supported by the Scottish Government by the Saltire Tidal Energy Challenge Fund. The O2 project has been supported through funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the FloTEC project and the European Regional Development Fund through the Interreg North West Europe Programme under the ITEG project.

Commenting on the news Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero and Energy Michael Matheson of Scottish Government said: “With our abundant natural resources, expertise and ambition, Scotland is ideally-placed to harness the enormous global market for marine energy whilst helping deliver a net-zero economy. That’s why the Scottish Government has consistently supported the marine energy sector for over 10 years, including through the Saltire Tidal Energy Challenge fund, which provided £3.4m for this project.

“The deployment of Orbital Marine Power’s O2, the world’s most powerful tidal turbine, is a proud moment for Scotland and a significant milestone in our journey to net zero. I congratulate Orbital Marine, the European Marine Energy Centre and everyone who has made this achievement possible,” Matheson continued.

Orbital is now setting its sights on commercialising its technology through the deployment of multi-MW arrays. Supporting this endeavour in UK waters would bring substantial benefits beyond complimenting the clean energy transition, as evidenced in the build of the O2; where around 80% of the turbine was delivered by UK suppliers and operation will bring long term employment to coastal communities. As a product of commercialisation costs are projected to fall steeply from roll-out of the technology, as previously demonstrated with wind and solar energy.

On next steps Scott said: “We believe pioneering our vision in the UK can deliver on a broad spectrum of political initiatives across net zero, levelling up and building back better at the same time as demonstrating global leadership in the area of low carbon innovation that is essential to creating a more sustainable future for the generations to come.”

For further information on Orbital Marine Power, please visit – https://orbitalmarine.com/

PTEC and EMEC projects highlighted by climate change YouTube channel

The record-breaking energy generation of Orbital O2 is highlighted in a new video from YouTube channel Just Have a Think, as part of a compelling piece of content on the global potential for Tidal Power.

The video, presented by Dave Borlace, highlights both the EMEC and PTEC projects and their role in harnessing this inexhaustible supply of renewable electricity.

View the video here:

PRESS RELEASE: DUKE AND DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE PUT SPOTLIGHT ON TIDAL ENERGY

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Orkney this week to visit the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in pursuit of solutions for tackling climate change and supporting the UK’s green economic recovery.

Their Royal Highnesses met with EMEC’s managing director, Neil Kermode, and external relationship manager, Eileen Linklater, to hear about the test centre’s role in developing an ocean energy industry and green hydrogen economy. Discussions centred around the potential for ocean energy as a new sustainable energy resource stimulating job creation and supply chain development.

Heading out to sea, courtesy of the Royal Navy, the tour included an excursion to Orbital Marine Power’s O2 – the world’s most powerful tidal turbine. Orbital’s CEO, Andrew Scott, provided a tour on board the O2 with the Duke and Duchess christening the device for good luck with a splash of Scapa Whisky.

Returning to shore, the royal couple visited EMEC’s hydrogen fuel cell and storage trailers at Kirkwall Pier, and were introduced to members of EMEC’s operations team. John Skuse, Jerry Gibson and Dave Wakefield shared stories of their progression from careers in hospital building and engineering, marine engineering and aviation to careers in ocean energy at EMEC, as well as providing an overview of the green hydrogen initiatives taking place in Orkney.

Neil Kermode, Managing Director, EMEC said: “It was a pleasure meeting the Duke and Duchess and introducing them to Orkney’s living laboratory for sustainability and renewable energy. Orkney is a beacon for the world, demonstrating technologies and solutions that will support decarbonisation and a cleaner, greener future.

“From wind, tidal and wave power to green hydrogen for clean carbon-free fuel, we were able to show Their Royal Highnesses sustainable solutions that will help tackle climate change and support green economic recovery, and introduce them to some of the people working in the sector locally. The activities taking place here at EMEC have attracted passionate people to stay in and move to Orkney to build their careers; the epitome of just transition in action.”

Andrew Scott, CEO, Orbital Marine said:
“It’s hugely exciting for the whole team at Orbital to get the attention from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their trip to Orkney. Tackling climate change is something they’re clearly very passionate about so it is a real honour to get the opportunity to show them our innovative O2 turbine and give them an insight into our ambitions to help turn the tide on climate change here in the UK and overseas.”

PTEC and Orbital Marine Power join forces to harness tidal power off the Isle of Wight.

Perpetuus Tidal Energy Centre (PTEC) has signed a pivotal agreement with Orbital Marine Power, Ltd. (Orbital), developers of the world’s most powerful tidal turbine, the Orbital O2, to bring the Isle of Wight a step closer to producing tidal energy.

PTEC has gained offshore consents to place tidal turbines in the sea off the south coast of the Isle of Wight, and Orbital is the first company to sign up, with an initial target deployment of up to 15MW by the end of 2025.

Each of Orbital’s 2MW O2 turbines can generate sufficient clean, predictable electricity to power around 2,000 UK homes and offset approximately 2,200 tonnes of CO2 production per year. The company recently launched the first O2 from the Port of Dundee, where it was manufactured with 80% UK supply chain content, before towing the unit to the Orkney Islands where it will be grid connected at the European Marine Energy Centre in the coming weeks and enter commercial operation for the next 15 years.

Rob Stevens, Chairman of PTEC said: “This is an important moment for the Isle of Wight economy. Having one of the most advanced tidal turbines in the world producing clean, predictable energy on our site will be a huge step forward for Britain and the Island. It will establish the Isle of Wight and the Solent at the centre of an exciting new marine energy sector, unlocking investment, jobs and a new future.

“The Orbital O2 is a remarkable innovation that sets a new benchmark for marine generation. We are thrilled to have the team on board.”

Oliver Wragg, Commercial Director of Orbital said: “This is a fantastic step for Orbital and the UK tidal power sector. This agreement will enable a commercial tidal energy project that will pave the way for tidal steam energy to make a meaningful and complementary contribution to the UK’s transition to net zero. The tidal resource off the Isle of Wight has enormous potential to provide predictable, clean power; and we are excited that PTEC has recognised our proven credibility in delivering world leading tidal energy projects. This project can be the touchpaper that ignites an exciting new UK wide supply chain that secures local jobs as tidal energy plays its part in the energy transition.”

PTEC, Orbital and other industry leaders have worked with the UK Government and we are confident they can create the right market parameters to support the UK tidal energy sector. The partners are hopeful that when the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) opens its fourth Allocation Round for Contracts for Difference (CfDs) in December this year, it will include provisions for enabling a new green industrial sector to be built within the UK.

For more information see perpetuustidal.com.

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The O2 tidal turbine

The O2 tidal turbine

Media contacts:

PTEC: Kelly Linay: kelly@athene-communications.co.uk or 07748 793509

Orbital Marine Power: Sarah Watt, Marketing and Media Manager: s.watt@orbitalmarine.com

Notes to editor:

Tidal energy contributes to UK and international targets for renewable energy generation and PTEC will help achieve the government’s declared objective of Net Zero by 2050. It is estimated that the tides around the Isle of Wight have the capacity to generate around 300MW of renewable power.

Last year Kwasi Kwarteng, the Secretary of State for Business, stated that he was considering ring-fencing capacity in the next Contract for Difference round for wave and tidal energy projects. The Secretary said he is “very sympathetic” to running a “pot within a pot” to support development of marine energy schemes. This commitment is crucial if tidal power is to reach its potential in the UK.

PTEC, EMEC and Orbital are seeking to maximise the potential of the site, which is located in a 5km² area within the English Channel, approximately 2.5km south of St Catherine’s Point and around 6km from Ventnor. A public consultation will launch shortly to explain the proposals in full and seek the community’s views. While the offshore part of the project is consented, PTEC is reapplying for planning permission for its onshore substation.

 

About Orbital Marine Power Ltd.

Orbital Marine Power Ltd is an innovative Scottish engineering company, headquartered in Orkney, and focused on the development of a tidal energy turbine technology capable of producing a dramatic reduction in the cost of energy from tidal currents. The Orbital technology has been under continuous engineering development, including rigorous testing of scaled systems in both tank conditions and open ocean environments since the company was founded in 2002. The company currently employs 32 staff with offices in Orkney and Edinburgh.

The O2 turbine has a long hull structure with twin 1MW power generating nacelles at the end of retractable leg structures designed to give low-cost access to all major components for through life servicing. 10m blades give the O2 more than 600m² of swept area to capture flowing tidal energy. The floating structure is held on station with a four-point mooring system where each mooring chain has the capacity to lift over 50 double decker buses. Electricity is transferred from the turbine via a dynamic cable to the seabed and a static cable along the seabed to the local onshore electricity network.

The O2 project has been supported through funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the FloTEC project and the European Regional Development Fund through the Interreg North West Europe Programme under the ITEG project. This project has also received support under the framework of the OCEANERA-NET COFUND project and co-funding by the European Union’s Horizon2020 research and innovation programme. The build of the O2 was also supported by the Scottish Government under the Saltire Tidal Energy Challenge Fund.

www.orbitalmarine.com

 

PTEC Launch #turnthetideontidal Campaign Dec 20

The aim of this campaign is to direct members of the public to a UK Gov petition to ‘Commercialise the UK Tidal Stream Industry with Government Revenue Support’. Previous support (CfD minima) was removed by The Government in 2016. The campaign was launched across social media platforms on 26th September 2019.

This campaign does not specifically ask for reinstatement. It leaves all options open, whether to revert to the original legislation (CfD minima), an innovation CfD (iCfD) or a tax relief system through an Innovation Power Purchase Agreement (IPPA). The end goal is to provide a ‘route to market’ for tidal stream energy and encourage investment in tidal energy projects around the UK.
The campaign is designed to alert the public to the fact that tidal energy is the UK’s least known renewable resource which could contribute to net zero carbon emissions by 2050 as well as create a thriving industry (worldwide, it is forecast that ocean energy could be worth £76 billion by 2050). Tidal energy is by no means a solution by itself, but it alone has the potential to supply a high volume of predictable renewable energy to the UK National Grid. Unlike other renewable energy sources tidal energy is predictable with very strong environmental credentials. The UK holds 50% of the European resource and currently leads the world in both tidal energy research and technology, meaning commercial opportunities are plentiful. We have a number of companies with commercially rated turbines ready to deploy, but without government support investors are reluctant to invest and the UK economy continues to miss out on an incredible opportunity to generate growth, jobs, investment and a commanding global market share. Whilst at the same time reviving many of our long neglected coastal communities and marine industries.
Our wider hope is that this campaign will get the public thinking about the broader picture on renewable energy and to ultimately kickstart renewed investment in marine energy sector.
At a time when there is so much national attention on solar and wind energy, we feel it’s important to draw attention to an additional capability, so that we may build a robust, multifaceted energy system that ensures that UK plc generates the energy to meet our future needs whilst improving our market share and our position as a world leader in renewable technology and innovation.

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