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Tremendous potential exists for clean energy in waves and tides. Lockheed Martin is leveraging its experience and expertise with maritime systems to design and develop wave and tidal power systems. Lockheed Martin’s strength is combining technology, systems, services and industry teams to create original solutions. To make this vision a reality, we are pursuing strategic relationships with technology leaders.

Wave power generates electricity using special buoys that use the rising and falling of ocean waves to generate electricity. Tidal power generates electricity using underwater turbines designed to capture the kinetic motion of ebbing and surging ocean tides. Lockheed Martin has entered into a global partnership with Singapore-based Atlantis Resources Limited, a leading turbine supplier and project developer in the tidal power industry, to design and provide engineering services for Atlantis’ turbine systems. Lockheed Martin recently signed a contract with Atlantis to manufacture the steel turbine housing – the nacelle – as well as assemble all the turbine modules, including the gearbox and the generator, for Atlantis’ next generation turbine – the AR1500. Lockheed will also serve as the systems integrator and quality assurer of the overall turbine delivery program. The AR1500 is expected to be deployed in Pentland Firth for the MeyGen project – the world’s largest tidal stream project under development.

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The AR1500 tidal turbine

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The AR1500 tidal turbine

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The MeyGen project involves the Inner Sound of the Pentland Firth. Photo courtesy Atlantis Resources Ltd.

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Pentland Firth’s Inner Sound, a stretch of water that separates the small island of Stroma from the far north Scottish mainland. Photo courtesy Atlantis Resources Ltd.

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Construction of the key access road at the MeyGen site. Photo courtesy of Atlantis Resources Ltd.

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Tidal turbines capture the kinetic motion of the tide’s ebb and flow to produce clean energy. Photo courtesy Atlantis Resources Ltd.

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Atlantis Resources Ltd.’s AR-1000 Tidal Turbine. Photo courtesy Atlantis Resources Ltd.

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Atlantis Resources Ltd.’s AR1000 Tidal Turbine

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The AR1000 turbine nacelle at the European Marine Energy Centre in Scotland. Photo courtesy Atlantis Resources Ltd.

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The AR1000 turbine nacelle, being mobilized onto the Aker Wayfarer for deployment at the European Marine Energy Centre in Scotland. Photo courtesy Atlantis Resources Ltd.

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The AR1000 turbine nacelle, being prepared for transit to the deployment location at the European Marine Energy Centre in Scotland. Photo courtesy Atlantis Resources Ltd.

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The AR1000 turbine nacelle, being deployed for testing on the Atlantis European Marine Energy Centre berth in the Orkney Islands, Scotland. Photo courtesy Atlantis Resources Ltd.

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The AR1500 tidal turbine

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