Atlantis has achieved a series of significant ‘industry first’ technical milestones in successfully harnessing the power of tidal currents and is pioneering the development of large-scale tidal current generation ‘turbine farms’ or ‘arrays’. The company is unique in having developed three families of sub-sea turbines, with extensive testing over a decade of field trials. Atlantis’ turbine installations have been rigorously monitored and, to date, no adverse environmental impact has been recorded on sea life or the seabed. Atlantis’ turbines are scalable, modular and suitable for installation in very diverse environments. Atlantis’ turbines are suited to direct grid connection in exactly the same way as offshore wind and can be connected off-grid and in remote locations, to offset fuel consumption in diesel generation. With multiple patents pending in up to 45 countries, the company’s IP portfolio covers all major classes of tidal current turbine design relating to the extraction of energy from the horizontal flow of water.
Atlantis is the World Leader in Tidal Current Technology. Significant milestones include:
- In September 2006, Atlantis successfully connected a tidal current turbine, the Aquanator™, to the national grid in Victoria, Australia and began exporting kilowatts into the local grid as a fully accredited embedded generator.
- Atlantis successfully completed the world’s largest dynamic tow test of a tidal current turbine in December 2007, as verified by Black & Veatch, using the AN-150™ system.
- Atlantis became the first company in the world to decommission a tidal current test site in May 2008.
- Atlantis successfully completed the installation, grid-connection and commissioning of an AN-150™ tidal current turbine in May 2008 at San Remo, Victoria, Australia.
- Atlantis smashed its own dynamic tow-test record in July 2008 using the AN-400™ tidal current turbine.
- In August 2008, AS-500™ became the world’s largest horizontal axis turbine to be tow-tested and also the world’s most efficient tidal power turbine with rotor efficiencies in excess of 42%.
- In 2008 Atlantis became one of the only tidal turbine developers to record performance and environmental data for over 12 months of sustained turbine operation
- In early 2009 Atlantis successfully ocean tested the most efficient bi-directional tidal turbine blades ever fabricated at large scale.
- During 2010, Atlantis validates its deployement credentials by successfully installing its GBS Foundation and AK1000 demonstrator at EMEC
- During 2011, Atlantis released its 1MW AR1000 turbine rated at 2.65 m/s which is deployed and commissioned to grid at EMEC