A European tidal energy consortium, led by Nova Innovation in Scotland, has secured funding from the European Commission to demonstrate and validate an innovative subsystem (a direct drive power take-off (PTO) solution) for tidal turbines. The PTO subsystem is the component that transforms the mechanical power in the tidal turbine rotor into electricity that is exported into the grid system.

The technology, when commercialised, will reduce the lifetime cost of tidal power by 20% and provide long term system reliability.

The project will build the PTO subsystem and conduct accelerated onshore testing in Germany followed by in-sea testing in Scotland with third party validation of the design and the test results.

Once complete the project deliverables and product will be used to raise market confidence in the maturing tidal energy industry and to maximise the benefit of the project to the ocean energy sector as a whole.

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TiPA PTO SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETES PERFORMANCE TESTING

The TiPA project has completed another important stage in the development of its innovative direct drive power take-off (PTO) solution. The TiPA PTO subsystem has successfully completed 12 weeks of performance testing at RWTH Aachen University, Germany. The PTO subsystem underwent a rigorous testing [...]

TiPA CONSORTIUM MEETING #6 & EC REVIEW MEETING IN AACHEN, GERMANY

The sixth meeting of the TiPA Consortium team was hosted by RWTH Aachen University, Germany, on the 28th & 29th June. Day 1 was a review of the first Reporting Period of the project with the European Commission Project Officer, Gianluca [...]

TiPA PTO DEPARTS FOR AACHEN, GERMANY

The TiPA project has successfully achieved another key milestone with the build phase of the project now complete. The TiPA PTO has been fully assembled and commissioned at Nova Innovation's manufacturing facility in Edinburgh and has departed for [...]

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