Tocardo has tested its T2 tidal turbine on the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult’s new 1MW drive train test facility.
The company said it will use the results to “further improve the power output of the T2, validating and optimising the turbine design and giving Tocardo and their investors’ confidence that the turbine is ready to be deployed and start generating electricity”.
The rig provides a platform for companies to test sub-1MW wind and tidal turbine prototypes and components in the UK, rather than sending them abroad, ORE Catapult said.
Tocardo chief operating officer Hans van Breugel said: “It was a valuable experience for Tocardo to test our T2 turbine at the new test rig and it gave us a lot of information.”
The next step for Tocardo will be to deploy the T2 at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney for further validation testing.