Sustainable Marine Energy Ltd (SME) is a marine engineering company, focused on bringing a cost-effective solution to the tidal energy market. SME is aiming to deliver the next generation technology that will challenge the current tidal energy industry on price and performance. Based in Cowes on the Isle of Wight, SME has access to a wealth of maritime knowledge from an area steeped in marine innovation and history.
PLAT-O is SME’s tidal platform. Built to host tidal turbines that will generate power from one of the Earth’s most abundant and reliable renewable energy sources, the tide. PLAT-O provides a reduction in the cost of tidal energy of up to 50% and offers enhanced yield due to its optimum position in the water column.
Our specifically designed remotely operated vehicle (ROV) can operate underwater to install anchors for PLAT-O. We lower it off a boat onto the seabed. Then drive it, using remote controls on the surface, to the exact spot required for an anchor and then the drill head gets to work, screwing the anchor into the shingle and mud.
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The practically extractable tidal stream resource available in UK waters (including the Channel Islands) is between 20 and 30TWh per year. This is roughly the equivalent of the energy used annually by approximately 7 million households equating to between 6% and 8% of UK’s electricity demand!
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Tidal energy has a number of advantages compared to other forms of renewable energy. Unlike wind or solar power, it is incredibly reliable and predictable – making it suitable for providing a consistent source for homes and businesses.
By operating under the sea’s surface, PLAT-O has virtually no visual impact – all you’ll see is a small buoy marking the spot.
Tides are a huge untapped source of renewable energy. The potential of tidal energy is vast, yet no one system has yet managed to overcome the huge installation and maintenance costs involved in accessing and harvesting this natural resource.
Commercially Viable Tidal Energy A Major Step Closer
Sustainable Marine Energy (SME) has successfully completed its first round of sea trials with its tidal energy platform, PLAT-O. The tidal energy industry has struggled with high costs for installation and maintenance but SME is demonstrating that by using its innovative platform which is moored under the surface of the water, these costs can be significantly reduced.