Open-Centre Tidal Turbine at the EMEC Tidal Test Site in Orkney
OpenHydro's Open-Centre Turbine is one of the first tidal energy technologies in the world to reach the stage of deployment at sea. It has since 2006, various models have been deployed at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) tidal energy test site at the Fall of Warness, off Eday in Orkney. Aquatera has played a hands-on role through most of the major stages of this deployment, with personnel sitting alongside the OpenHydro management team (in the office and at sea), and contributing to the ongoing decision making process.
Aquatera carried out a device-specific EIA for deployment of the trial device, which was in line with EMEC's EIA procedures, the development of which Aquatera was also involved in. In preparation for the deployment of the device, Aquatera established an appropriate risk assessment procedure and inherent risk identification process. During the preparations for deployment of the device, Aquatera also provided installation and operational support to OpenHydro, and helped to coordinate services from subcontractors who subsequently provided excellent support to the project. This covered diverse areas, such as turbine delivery, fabrication facilities, aggregate supply, work sheds, waste reception, photographic services, and marine support including marine superintendence.