GE Power Conversion has signed up with marine renewables developer Simec Atlantis Energy to accelerate the commercialisation of utility-scale tidal energy generation using the world’s biggest turbine, the 2MW AR2000.

Through the deal — through which the US power technology giant makes a return to the tidal sector after early forays in the early 2010s — the pair will “work together and share resources” on associated systems, including energy storage solutions and a novel subsea connection concept.