U.K. switches on giant floating power plant with twin turbines

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CNBC reports that a massive tidal turbine that can generate 2 megawatts of electricity has started to feed power to the U.K.'s grid.

Located in the waters off the Orkney islands, the giant turbine, called O2, is about the size of a Boeing 747 and weighs 680 metric tons.

The O2 turbine floats like a boat and can be towed by small tugboats to any position, where it is then connected to anchors and a thick electrical cable that feeds its power to the grid.

Next, the O2 lowers its giant arms that support two 20-meter-long turbine blades.

As sea water has more than 800 times the density of air, these blades produce more electricity than similarly sized wind-turbine blades produce — enough to power 2,000 U.K. homes per year.

One of the biggest problems with power turbines is that they need their parts maintained regularly.

The O2 solves this problem by having its arms attached to massive hydraulic hinges that can easily lift the blades up to the surface for easy access.

Another great advantage of tidal systems like the O2 is that tides are very predictable, compared to wind and sunshine.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Show globe turning and zooming into location in Orkney Islands
2. Compare size of O2 turbine to 747 airliner, then show O2 towed into position
3. Show underwater view as O2 is anchored and connected to thick power cable
4. Underwater view as O2 lowers its 2 big arms with 2 big turbine blades
5. Show above water view as O2's huge hinges engage to raise its 2 big arms
6. View form above, show tide streaming fast around O2 blades

VOICEOVER (in English):
"CNBC reports that a massive tidal turbine that can generate 2 megawatts of electricity has started to feed power to the U.K.'s grid."

"Located in the waters off the Orkney islands, the giant turbine, called O2, is about the size of a Boeing 747 and weighs 680 metric tons."

"The O2 turbine floats like a boat and can be towed by small tugboats to any position, where it is then connected to anchors and a thick electrical cable that feeds its power to the grid."

"Next, the O2 lowers its giant arms that support two 20-meter-long turbine blades."

"As sea water has more than 800 times the density of air, these blades produce more electricity than similarly sized wind-turbine blades produce — enough to power 2,000 U.K. homes per year."

"One of the biggest problems with power turbines is that they need their parts maintained regularly."

"The O2 solves this problem by having its arms attached to massive hydraulic hinges that can easily lift the blades up to the surface for easy access."

"Another great advantage of tidal systems like the O2 is that tides are very predictable, compared to wind and sunshine."

SOURCES: CNBC, BBC
https://www.cnbc.com/amp/2021/07/28/worlds-most-powerful-tidal-turbine-starts-to-export-power-to-grid-.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-57991351