Scotrenewables Tidal Power’s SR2000 floating tidal turbine has clocked up more than 1GWh at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney.

The prototype turbine was launched last year and achieved its full export capacity of 2MW in April.

The firm’s chief executive, Andrew Scott, said it was an “astonishing achievement” to have clocked up more than 1GWh and paid tribute to the team “who have worked so hard to make it happen”.

“I’m comfortable in highlighting we have had a small number of outages within this period, including where we have had to make maintenance interventions but, because of the accessible nature of our technology, we have been able to respond to these quickly and with very low cost vessels, validating the engineering approach we have pioneered here at Scotrenewables,” added Scott.

The managing director of EMEC, Neil Kermode, added: “It is exhilarating to witness the unprecedented performance of Scotrenewables’ tidal turbine.

“It is clear and demonstrable progress for the team, but it is also progress for this exciting and innovative sector as a whole as it moves towards commercialisation,” added Kermode.

Scotrenewables recently announced it had appointed financial advisors, Simmons & Company to assist with a fundraising effort to support the business transition to commercial operations.

With reference to the recent performance the company’s chief finance officer Chris Milne said: “We are confident we have a very unique and exciting proposition here at Scotrenewables, and this latest performance further underlines that and is accelerating commercial demand for our technology.”