ORE Catapult 3MW Tidal Turbine Drive Train Test Facility

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ORE Catapult's 3MW tidal turbine drive train test stand performs accelerated lifetime testing of integrated turbine nacelle systems and the individual drive train components, such as, gearboxes, generators and bearings of tidal power generation devices. It is equipped with a Force Application System (FAS) which simulates the environmental loads likely to be experienced by tidal devices and wind turbines offshore.

This facility allows ORE Catapult to carry out reliability and performance appraisals in a controlled environment, helping to identify any potential assembly and design issues in a relatively short time period compared to field tests. This helps to reduce the financial risk and improve reliability for developers, before full demonstration and deployment at sea.


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