- Jul 11, 2019 10:31 pm GMT
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Located off Scotland's north coast, the Meygen tidal energy system has produced and sent more than 7 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of emissions-free renewable energy on to the grid so far this year and a cumulative total of 17.5, according to a news report. That's equivalent to the average annual electricity consumption of 2,200 U.K. homes, according to project developer and operator SIMEC Atlantis Energy.
Meygen is the largest tidal stream power array in the world. The system's cumulative energy production sets a new record high. SeaGen, also built and operated by Atlantis held the previous record of around 11 GWh.
No figures regarding the cost of power generation were provided but Atlantis highlighted that Meygen's performance this year represented "the longest period of uninterrupted generation from a multi-megawatt tidal turbine array ever achieved," according to the news report.
Based on the data being gathered, Atlantis aims to optimize future systems designs and improve overall performance with an eye towards gaining the confidence of project financiers, CEO Tim Cornelius was quoted as saying.