In an announcement Tuesday, the world’s most powerful tidal turbine manufacturing contract has been awarded to the Scotland-based TEXO Group. Construction on the Orbital O2 will take place at the TEXO Groups quayside facilities in the city of Dundee.
The Orbital O2 will be a 73-meter long floating superstructure that supports two 1 megawatt turbines on each side and will have a rotor diameter of 20 meters. It’s scheduled operation will be sometime in 2020.
According to the European Commission, ocean energy could potentially contribute around 10% of the EU’s power demand by 2050.