As part of a wider effort to develop the composites industry supply chain, affordable tidal turbines through mechanisation aims to lay foundations for full scale production of tidal blades. In this project production tooling designs and methods of mechanising manufacturing processes are being investigated. This project is carried out in collaboration with Cytec Industrial Materials, Gudel and Assyt Bulmer under a theme of the AMSCI program.
Maximising reliability and performance and reducing cost (of tidal turbine blades): a TSB funded collaborative programme involving AEL, Advanced Composite Group (now Cytec Industrial Materials), Materials Engineering Research Laboratory (now Element Materials Technology), Wessex Resins & Adhesives and the University of Bristol. This programme was a follow on from the successful NEWMEETT project to continually develop materials and processes to improve the design and manufacture of tidal turbine blades. This project included the successful static proof testing of a full scale 600kW composite tidal blade.
A TSB funded collaborative effort involving AEL, Advanced Composites Group, Materials Engineering Research Laboratory and the University of Bristol to develop future composite materials with properties tailored to the unique fatigue requirements of renewable energy projects in the marine environment.
2008-2011 ‘Marine turbine blade materials and structural element characterisation’
A major Carbon Trust funded project to characterise new highly cost effective materials and structural elements typical of marine turbine blades, therefore meeting the most pressing needs of the industry. Particular emphasis will be placed on fatigue performance and environmental conditioning.