An €11 million Interreg North-West Europe (NWE) project has been launched in Orkney to develop an all-in-one solution for the generation of clean predictable energy, grid management, and the production of hydrogen from excess capacity.

Led by the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, the €11m Integrating Tidal Energy into the European Grid (ITEG) project brings together partners from across the UK, France, Belgium and the Netherlands to address energy-related carbon emissions in North-West Europe and tackle grid export limitations faced in remote areas such as Orkney

Image AREVA H2Gen Electrolyser (Credit AREVA H2Gen)

AREVA H2Gen Electrolyser (Credit AREVA H2Gen)

The project consortium includes EMECScotrenewables Tidal PowerAREVA H2Gen, the Energy Systems CatapultEnergy Valley/New Energy CoalitionUniversity of Caen NormandyUniversity of Le Havre NormandyGhent University and the Normandy Development Agency.

Funded by the Interreg NWE programme, part of the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund), the project will deliver an onshore energy management system at EMEC’s Fall of Warness tidal test site, off the northern Orkney island of Eday. This will support the production of hydrogen using an AREVA H2Gen electrolyser, the first to be deployed in the UK, which will be powered by Scotrenewables’ next generation 2MW floating tidal energy converter, the SR2-2000.

The project will benefit from the marine energy expertise of the University of Caen Normandy who will support the development of the advanced energy management system and the University of Le Havre Normandy who will focus particularly on the impacts of converter choices on the quality of energy exchanges taking into account the specificities of hydrogen technologies.

image Scotrenewables’ SR2-2000 device

Scotrenewables’ SR2-2000 device