Improving tidal energy
The project consortium of UK and Norwegian large companies and a UK SME delivered a series of promising results and innovations that look set to increase investor confidence in tidal turbine systems among utilities providers, project developers and financial institutions.
Tidal energy is considered a promising renewable energy technology. However, it faces deployment and financial challenges. Reliability of turbines is particularly crucial, as they need to perform for long periods without intervention.
Using a purpose-built onshore tidal turbine test rig, the project partners developed and proved a series of innovations designed to improve the performance and reliability of a turbine. These included improvements to the cooling system, the introduction of comprehensive condition monitoring equipment, and the introduction of redundancy in the electrical and control systems.
Project funded by: Innovate UK, Research Council Norway
- Rolls-Royce Marine AS (Norway – large company)
- Atlantis Resources ( UK- SME and lead partner)
- Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (UK – large company)