The European Marine Energy Center (EMEC) in Scotland announced that they were delighted that Nautricity successfully deployed their CoRMaT tidal turbine at EMEC’s Shapinsay Sound site.
CoRMaT is a second generation device, the result of extensive research and development carried out at the prestigious Energy Systems Research Unit at the University of Strathclyde. It is a patented contra-rotating turbine, suitable for deployment in water depths of 8 to 500m. CoRMaT uses two closely spaced dissimilar rotors, moving in opposite directions.
The device has completed extensive proof of concept testing, has progressed through systematic technlogy readiness development steps, and has successfully generated electricity in a marine tidal setting.
The company also reinstalled their HydroBuoy mooring system which was previously tested, analysed and optimised at EMEC’s site in February 2013.
The Hydro-buoy system is a platform technology utilising a combination of displacement buoyancy with hydro-dynamic lift, generated within the tidal flow, to provide the required tension on the mooring line in order to keep station.
EMEC is confident that Nautricity will learn a great deal from mechanical testing now that the complete system has been installed, and will find the experience of operating in real sea conditions invaluable to progressing to the next stage of their WATERS2 (Scottish Government) funded project.