SKF inspects SR2000

SKF Ocean Energy team was in Harland and Wolff recently to inspect the final commissioning phase of Scotrenewables Tidal Power’s SR2000 floating tidal turbine before launch in March.

SKF, a global technology provider, has been working with the engineering team at Scotrenewables Tidal Power to supply a number of key components and systems for the turbine as well as providing engineering services.

The scope includes: bearing and seal solutions, a turret slew bearing, automatic lubrication systems and condition monitoring system, Scotrenewables’ press release reads.

SKF has also signed a memorandum of understanding with Scotrenewables that sets out SKF’s ongoing commitment to support the company through to full commercialisation of its technology.

Jim Marnoch, Ocean Energy Manager at SKF, said: “SKF believe the SR2000 floating design has obvious benefits in terms of access and maintainability, which can contribute to lowering the levelised Cost of Energy of the tidal sector.”

Andrew Scott, Scotrenewables’ CEO, added: “It’s essential to the success of the tidal sector that we have buy-in from the major supply chain companies who have the right expertise to optimise their existing technologies for this new application – and stand behind that supply, so it is a tremendous reassurance for Scotrenewables to have this commitment and relationship from a supplier of SKF’s standing as we work towards commercialising our product.”

To remind, Scotrenewables recently secured £5.7 million from its shareholders to take the SR2000 programme through the next operational phase, and is currently nearing completion at Harland & Wolff’s facility in Belfast.

SR2000 tidal turbine consists of a 64 m floating hull that incorporates two 1 MW rotors mounted on retractable legs.

The hull sections will also house the turbine’s electrical and control equipment, allowing direct access to the turbine for maintenance while at sea.

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