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Reference Number T/06/00238/00/00
Title Project Neptune Phase 2 - Experimental Development
Status Completed
Energy Categories Renewable Energy Sources(Ocean Energy) 100%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 20%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 60%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
The Weir Group plc
Award Type Standard
Funding Source DTI
Start Date 27 September 2005
End Date 26 June 2007
Duration 21 months
Total Grant Value £8,233,644
Industrial Sectors Power
Region Scotland
Programme TIDAL
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , The Weir Group plc (99.998%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , SSE Generation Ltd (0.001%)
Project Contact , Strachan & Henshaw (0.001%)
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Abstract The project will undertake detailed assessment of the key aspects concerning the installation, operation and maintenence of a twin horizontal axis turbine system designed to extract convert tidal energy to electricity. The project will involve the installation of a full scale 2.4MW grid connected prototype at EMEC (Orkney). The prototype will allow the operational testing of the novel design features and materials being developed to address the challenges facing tidal stream electricity generation. The innovative features include novel blade design and materials, the use of buoyancy to raise and lower turbines, use of a pressure hull to contain equipment, new structural design concepts, bi-directional operation, variable pitch control and the use of an inverter system to eliminate generator overspeed. These objectives are aimed at confirming the commercial viability of the concept leading to immediate subsequent commercial exploitation.
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Added to Database 01/01/07