Video: Magallanes floating tidal platform build & launch

Spanish tidal energy developer Magallanes Renovables has released the time-lapse footage showcasing the construction and launch of its 2MW floating tidal platform.

The platform, named Atir, was launched last month in Vigo, Galicia, north-west of Spain, as part of the Ocean 2G project, led by Magallanes Renovables.

The project was backed with €1.9 million through Horizon 2020’s Fast Track to Innovation (FTI) scheme in 2016.

Aside from Magallanes, the Ocean 2G project brings together the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), Leask Marine, and IM Future.

The aim of the project is to test, validate, and pre-certify Magallanes’ second generation (2G) 2MW tidal energy platform solution, progressing it towards commercialization.

The recently launched full-scale device weighs 350 tonnes, and is 42 meters long. Its two-side oriented turbine blades are 19 meters in diameter.

The platform will undergo trials off Vigo, starting from June this year, according to Magallanes, after which it will be transported to EMEC, possibly in September, where it will remain for one year for further trials.

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