Successful turbine test

MCT device under test.
MCT device under test.

Endurance testing has been completed on marine current turbines at the National Renewable Energy Centre in Blyth.

The Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult’s (ORE Catapult)has completed the test programme on Siemens-owned Marine Current Turbines’ (MCT) first 1MW powertrain using the 3MW tidal turbine drive train testing facility.

During the 11-month test programme the turbine was exposed to the full range of power output and aggressive loadings the device would experience subsea, securing performance data equivalent to over 18 years of operation in some of the world’s harshest tidal cycles.

Sven Stoye, chief executive officer at MCT, said, “We are very pleased to announce the successful completion of this significant milestone.

“In demonstrating an equivalent life in excess of 18 years we have completed another industry first.”