||The Performance Assessment of Wave and Tidal Array Systems (PerAWaT) project, launched in October 2009 with £8m of ETI investment. The project delivered validated, commercial software tools capable of significantly reducing the levels of uncertainty associated with predicting the energy yield of major wave and tidal stream energy arrays. It also produced information that will help reduce commercial risk of future large scale wave and tidal array developments.
This deliverable describes the experimental activities being undertaken to assess the nature of interactions between neighbouring 1:10th scale horizontal axis tidal turbines, as part of WG4 WP5. This includes details of the experimental programme and design specifications being followed by EDF at their flume facilities.
- A series of tests will be conducted with one turbine located in a fixed position whilst the second turbine is moved longitudinally and laterally throughout the frame of the test platform.
- The tidal turbines fabricated for this project are 1.2 metre diameter (1:10th scale) and are being assembled by Ocean Flow Energy.
- A test platform is being constructed by Wave Barrier Ltd and this will provide the frame to which the turbines and survey instruments will be attached to.
- Following this deliverable, the test rig will be constructed and assembled with rotors, then installed in the EDF flume and calibrated