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Despite severe lockdown restrictions in Wuhan over the past three months the city has somehow managed to generate a good news story for the green energy sector.

The city has been at the heart of an international project to develop a huge turbine designed to support China’s tidal stream energy ambitions, and reduce the country’s use of coal. Through a collaboration involving Scotland’s SIMEC Atlantis Energy, renowned for its role in delivering the MeyGen project, the world’s largest tidal energy plant, ITPEnergised, The China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation in Wuhan (CSIC) and China Three Gorges (CTG), the giant SG500kW turbine, which has a rotor diameter of 18 meters, was installed last week around the islands of Putuoshan and Huludao in the Zhoushan archipelago in China.

Tim Cornelius, Chief Executive of SIMEC Atlantis Energy, said: “Atlantis can be extremely proud of the role we played in this project. The fast execution, from concept design to installation, represents a phenomenal feat of engineering that bodes well for a rapid future roll-out of tidal power in China, which in turn will have material cost reduction implications globally.

MeyGen has demonstrated the true potential of tidal energy and has de-risked the market to the extent that we are now exporting knowhow and equipment internationally, with China the latest market to open in Asia.”


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