Who Are Orbital Marine Power?
Orbital Marine Power (formerly Scotrenewables) was formed in Orkney 2002 with the focus on engineering the most safe and cost effective solution for capturing the vast renewable energy resource of tidal energy.
From the start, the company’s design philosophy was to develop a turbine with low manufacturing, installation and maintenance costs. This resulted in a unique floating turbine with retractable rotors allowing it to be easily towed to and from site with small, locally available vessels. The company has patents protecting the key design advantages of its technology.
Over the course of the company’s history it has raised major investments from significant shareholders such as ABB, TOTAL, Fred. Olsen and DP Energy as well as being supported by Scottish Government and has offices in both Orkney and Edinburgh.
World Leading Technology
In 2011, the company launched the SR250, a 250 kW prototype, the first large scale floating tidal turbine in the world. It clocked up more than 4,000 hours of testing in the harsh operating conditions of the Orkney tidal streams at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC). This included grid connected generation; verifying the full-system floating tidal turbine approach at larger scale.
Following on from successful outputs from the 250kW prototype, Orbital Marine Power launched a 2MW turbine in early 2016, known as the SR2000, the culmination of more than 12 years of research, design and testing. This is the largest and most powerful tidal turbine in the world and is currently commencing grid connected testing at EMEC in Orkney.
New Investment and Director
Orbital Marine Power have enjoyed unprecedented success in recent years which is set to continue with their latest announcement. At the end of September they welcomed new investment and the appointment of an industry leader to deliver the next phase of their development.
Orbital Marine Power have secured a multi-million pound investment from a private investor group, which includes the McGrath family and have secured the services of Matthias Haag, former Chief Executive Officer at Gemini.
Orbital Marine Power CEO, Andrew Scott, said of the investment: “As we enter a new exciting phase of turbine build and commercialisation, the new appointments add significant industry and commercial experience and I’m looking forward to having their support and input”.
Paul Wheelhouse, Scotland’s Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands said “I am delighted that Orbital Marine Power has secured private investment that will support its ongoing development so soon after it announced that its ‘SR2000’ tidal turbine in Orkney - the most powerful turbine deployed in the World - has already generated 3 GWh of electricity to the grid in the past 12 months. Scotland continues to lead the World in the development and deployment of tidal stream technologies and this latest investment is yet more evidence of the strength of Scotland’s marine energy sector; a sector that has a potentially significant role to play in the energy transition, both at home and in international markets.”
Why Work For Orbital Marine Power?
Orbital Marine Power is an exciting renewable energy engineering company specialising in harnessing the earth’s natural resources through the development of pioneering technology that converts energy from tidal currents into clean, renewable electricity.
They currently have a team of 25 employees spread between Orkney and Edinburgh offices. Key disciplines cover the core areas of mechanical, electrical, fluid systems, hydrodynamic and offshore engineering that are required to innovate and execute a world leading marine technology programme.
Having secured a major funding package and appointed a new industry leading director, Orbital Marine Power remain an exciting, challenging work environment with the goal of delivering low cost tidal energy to a global market.