Energy Systems

Institute for Energy Systems (IES) at the School of Engineering, University of Edinburgh

The aim of the RealTide project is to identify main failure causes of tidal turbines at sea and to provide a step change in the design of key components, namely the blades and power take-off systems, adapting them more accurately to the complex environmental tidal conditions. Advanced monitoring systems will be integrated with these identified sub-systems and together with maintenance strategies will be implemented at outset from the design stage to achieve an increased reliability and improved performance over the full tidal turbine life.

Research Themes: 

  • Offshore Renewable Energy
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Specific objectives of this project in the initial two-year commissioning period will include:

1. Construction of the facility
2. Installation of the equipment
3. Commissioning of the equipment
4. Initial user trials and validation of the technology
5. Further Academic and Industrial Partner Projects (ongoing beyond the life of this equipment grant) to include university partners Southampton, Manchester, Ulster, Strathclyde, Warwick and IFREMER.

Research Themes: 

  • Offshore Renewable Energy
  • Structural Engineering
  • Materials and Structures


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