PLAT-I was fabricated in Scotland by JBS Group in Peterhead between July and October. SME was supported by London Marine Consultants in aspects of the detailed design of the mooring turret and connection system. SME has received grant funding from the Scottish Government’s WATERS 3 programme for the project.
Following conclusion of testing at Connel in Scotland, PLAT-I will be disassembled and transported to South East Asia, where it will be delivered to ENVIROTEK Pte Ltd for redeployment as part of a grid connected first commercial demonstrator array project in the Philippines. ENVIROTEK is a Singapore-based clean-technology investment company with ambitions to develop clean energy projects in South East Asia. SME, SCHOTTEL HYDRO and ENVIROTEK have identified several high impact project opportunities in the region where tidal energy can displace existing diesel generation.
Niels A. Lange, Managing Director SCHOTTEL HYDRO GmbH said “Over
the past few years SCHOTTEL has invested a great
deal into the
development of the SIT turbine and power conversion systems. We at SCHOTTEL HYDRO are very pleased to see the first results of our collaboration with SME on the PLAT-I project. This provides an economically and practically viable means of delivering SITs globally for tidal and river markets. This is the fully integrated system the tidal energy market needs. We see substantial market opportunities in South East Asia, Canada and elsewhere which we are looking forward to exploring together with SME.”
Jason Hayman commented "We are now eagerly looking forward completing testing at Connel and to the next phase in the project which will see the system installed in South East Asia with our regional partners including ENVIROTEK.
It is a fantastic feeling to be able to offer the first affordable and viable tidal energy system for small to medium size projects of less than 10MW for remote coastal and island communities that are currently reliant on diesel generation.”