MeyGen Phase 1A is a 6MW demonstration tidal stream energy array comprised of four 1.5MW tidal turbines in the Inner Sound of Scotland’s Pentland Firth. The project formerly entered its 25-year operations phase in April 2018. As the first multi-MW tidal array, MeyGen Phase 1A is a trail blazer for the industry. The lessons learnt throughout the design, construction and initial operations phases of the project, relevant to other tidal energy installations, are presented here. Since the project has only been operational for 24 months, the lessons included here are drawn from the initial project phases; long-term conclusions on project performance and impact are not yet available. Further background, project information and information on the lessons learnt process can be found in Appendix A.
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