source: Atlantis Resources Corporation

A massive 22.5m (73ft) tall, 130-ton tidal power generator was unveiled yesterday in the Scottish Highlands, ahead of testing at the European Marine Energy Centre off Scotland’s Orkney Islands.

The AK-1000, built by Atlantis Resources, looks like a tough, squat version of a wind turbine, but with two sets of blades so it can catch both directions of tidal flow.

From a BBC News report:

In order to get a robust turbine we have had to make what we call ultimately the dumbest, simple but most robust turbine you could possibly put in such a harsh environment.

–Tim Cornelius, chief executive of Atlantis Resources

The AK-1000’s slow turning blades are designed not to harm marine life, but also to generate enough electricity to power 1,000 homes. Atlantis has plans to install 200 AK-1000 tidal turbines in seas around the world within the next five years – and 800 within the next 10.

From an article in the Scotsman:

Once installed it will be tested for its efficiency, environmental impact, how it copes with the harsh underwater conditions, and lifespan.

For more on the story, click on the below link to see a video report from BBC News:

‘World’s biggest’ tidal turbine unveiled in Scotland