MeyGen tidal scheme in full operation

Atlantis Resources has announced that its MeyGen tidal power project in the Pentland Firth between Orkney and the Scottish mainland has completed its construction phase.

The 6MW project, which is the world’s largest tidal array, has now entered its 25-year operational phase.

MeyGen has already generated 6GWh of power, including a record 1.4GWh during one month alone. SmartestEnergy buys output from the project under a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).

> Read Atlantis's announcement


Bickerstaffe appointed to head planned retail company

Katie Bickerstaffe, Chief Executive of electronics retailer Dixons Carphone’s UK and Irish business, has been named as the first boss for SSE and Npower’s combined retail company.

Alistair Phillips-Davies, Chief Executive of SSE: “Katie has excellent credentials in retail, extensive experience of organisational change and recent insight derived from merging two companies into one.”

Martin Herrmann, Chief Operating Officer Retail at Npower-parent Innogy, added: “She knows how to lead a truly customer-focused company that satisfies customers, employees and shareholders. These are the most vital elements needed to make a long-term success of the new company we plan to set up.”

> View Innogy's announcement


UK firms in China tidal deal

Two British companies have signed a deal to design a tidal turbine for power company China Three Gorges.

Atlantis Resources, which owns the MeyGen tidal power project in Scotland, and consultancy firm ITPEnergised (ITPE), are part of a consortium led by China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation, which will build the turbine.

The 450kW tidal stream turbine is due to be installed at a test centre being built by China Three Gorges in the Zhoushan islands before the end of 2019.

> See ITPE's statement


Apple goes 100% green

Electronics company Apple is now sourcing all the electricity to power its premises from green generation.

All its sites – including its shops, offices and data centres – in 43 countries are using low-carbon electricity.

Nine of its suppliers have also pledged to use 100% clean energy, taking the total to 23.

> See Apple's announcement


World’s most powerful wind turbine installed off Scotland

Swedish power company Vattenfall has installed the world’s most powerful wind turbine at its European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) in Aberdeen Bay.

Eleven of the 8.8MW turbines are due to be installed at the EOWDC.

As well as the 8.8MW models, Vestas has also designed a further nine 8.4MW turbines for the site.

> View Vattenfall's statement