By Kari Williamson
The 1 MW AR1000 tidal turbine nacelle was retrieved from its test berth at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney in late November, following open ocean testing.
It will be transported to Blyth for preparation ahead of the spring opening of Narec’s 3 MW capacity turbine drive train testing facility. The independent onshore facility has been developed to de-risk in-field activities, conducting reliability and performance appraisals of new devices and system components through accelerated lifetime testing.
Atlantis expects to undertake planned modifications on the tidal turbine, followed by testing on the new Narec test facility.
The programme is being designed to yield data on nacelle efficiency, control system validation and thermal analysis of major nacelle components, as well as testing the system integrity of the modifications to the tidal turbine.
Upon completion, the tidal turbine is scheduled to return to Orkney, where Atlantis holds a berth until 2015.