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.
2018 marks 150 years since Queen Victoria bestowed the first Regius Chair of Engineering in the UK to the University of Edinburgh. On Wednesday 24 January the School celebrated this milestone by launching its Engineering150 celebrations.
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.