Photo: Orbital Marine’s O2 tidal turbine ahead of installation (Courtesy of Orbital Marine Power)

Orbital Marine seeks tidal turbine data analyst

Scottish tidal energy company Orbital Marine Power is looking to hire an expert in data science and machine learning to assist with the analysis of its tidal turbine data streams.

Photo showing Orbital Marine’s O2 tidal turbine ahead of installation (Courtesy of Orbital Marine Power)
Orbital Marine’s O2 tidal turbine ahead of installation (Courtesy of Orbital Marine Power)

The invitation to tender, published on Scottish government’s procurement portal, is related to the sourcing of expertise in data science and machine learning to assist Orbital Marine in developing tools used to analyse O2 data streams.

To remind, the O2 tidal turbine – rated at 2MW – is said to be the most powerful floating tidal energy turbine in the world. Launched in April 2021, the turbine has since been installed at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) offshore Orkney.

It started delivering clean power to the UK energy grid in summer 2021, with the capacity to meet the annual electricity demand of around 2,000 UK homes.

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According to Orbital Marine, the turbine data analytics tools to be developed as a result of the tendering process might also be incorporated into existing supervisory and operational control and assist in the development of future turbines.

The tender is open for applications until February 2, 2022, Orbital Marine said.

The procurement process is related to EU-backed €45.4 million TIGER project, which brings together 19 partners from across the UK and France, with the join aim to accelerate the growth of tidal stream energy trough development of several projects at sites in and around the English Channel region.