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Simec Atlantis provides update on ocean-powered data centre project

Written by Tue 28 Jan 2020

Design underway for connection to Celtic Norse subsea cable

Green developer Simec Atlantis Energy has provided an update on its plans to hook a tidal stream power array to a data centre.

The company intends to design and build the world’s first ocean-powered data centre near the MeyGen development in Scotland, an offshore tidal energy project Atlantis launched in 2010.

In a project update, Atlantis revealed a concept study had been concluded and that it was working on the design of a connection to the Celtic Norse subsea fibre optic cable that is currently in development. Connections to other international fibre optic cables are being explored, the company added.

Tim Cornelius, CEO of Atlantis, commented:

“MeyGen holds a 398MW seabed lease and our data centre expansion project is world leading for a number of reasons. The cost of tidal power continues to reduce and this is being assisted by the sustained pressure the offshore wind market places on the supply chain domestically and abroad.”

Cornelius added: “The world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil but data, and by combining tidal power with stranded onshore wind farms in close proximity to MeyGen, we can create a virtual power plant to provide sustainable power to a data centre in Scotland, creating important new fibre connections for Scotland and the UK in the process.”

Meanwhile, Atlantis provided an update on the performance of the MeyGen development, which is currently the world’s largest operational tidal stream array.

MeyGen exported over 13.8GWh in 2019, smashing the record for the longest period of uninterrupted generation achieved by a multi-megawatt tidal turbine.

The energy exported is equivalent to the average annual electricity consumption of around 3800 typical UK homes, generating the company a revenue of £3.9m. In total, the turbine array has exported 24.7GWh of ‘predictable’ renewable electricity to the national grid.

Although the site currently generates 6MW of capacity, last year Atlantis announced plans to develop the next phase of the project, which will see an extra 80MW capacity added to the development.

“I am delighted to report that MeyGen has now exported a remarkable 24.7GWh of predictable renewable energy. Not only is this world-renowned project helping the UK meet its Net Zero ambitions, but it is also providing valuable performance data which can be used to inform future projects, demonstrating MeyGen’s importance as a global prototype,” Cornelius said.

Written by Tue 28 Jan 2020

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