The turbine design for Minesto’s Deep Green tidal power plant is now complete after the company worked with German manufacturer Schottel Hydro.
The Swedish marine energy company has now placed an order for a prototype of the turbine, with delivery in early 2017.
The order of the so-called ‘Power Take Off’ system is the first result of the strategic technology partnership between Minesto and Schottel Hydro, which began in December 2015.
During 2016 and 2017, Schottel Hydro will deliver a customised turbine solution which will optimally fit the requirements of Deep Green, Minesto’s tidal power plant, situated on the Isle of Anglesey.
Martin Edlund, CEO of Minesto, said: “We are very pleased to have completed and verified the turbine design for Deep Green.
"Compared with the first generation Deep Green, the turbine's performance has been improved by about 10 percent. The partnership with Schottel Hydro works perfectly fine, just as expected.
"It is important for us that they have taken overall responsibility for developing this important subsystem.”
The development of the turbine will improve performance compared to past turbine designs. This is thanks to changes like the rotor now having five blades instead of three.
Martin Baldus, Technical Director at Schottel Hydro, is pleased with the latest achievements of the project.
“We completed the detailed design of the turbine and power conversion system for Deep Green.
"The model scale tests prove the turbines performance and cavitation behaviour to be advantageous compared to previous designs.
"The integration of our scope of supply into the Minesto kite system works out very well.”
The development of Deep Green now enters the next phase where the design of the full-scale system will be completed.
At Schottel Hyrdo the manufacturing of the prototype and the factory acceptance test will begin.
Mr Edlund continued: “In parallel with the final design, we procure subsystems and components which will be assembled into a first full-scale demonstrator. It will then undergo final functionality testing.
"After that, we are ready to implement Deep Green in full-scale on the offshore facility in Wales during 2017."
For more information about Minesto’s Deep Green project, visit the website.