A European tidal energy consortium – led by Nova Innovation in Scotland – has secured funding from the European Commission to demonstrate a new direct drive power take-off for tidal turbines. The Tidal Turbine Power Take-off project will run for 36 months. It 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. The technology – when commercialised – will reduce the lifetime cost of tidal power by 20% and provide long term system reliability. The consortium is to receive grant funding of €4.4 million under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for research and innovation.
Scottish Energy News 2nd March 2017 read more »