Schottel Hydro tests scaled Triton tidal platform

Schottel Hydro, a German-based provider of hydrokinetic energy solutions, is testing the scaled version of Triton tidal energy platform at the Hamburg Ship Model Basin.

The company is testing a 1:17 scale Triton model at the large towing tank with multi-directional wave making capabilities at the Hamburg Ship Model Basin, a private organisation providing research and consultancy services to the worldwide maritime industry.

Ralf Starzmann, Head of Hydrodinamics at Schottel Hydro, said: “This is the second campaign and we are focusing on operational aspects as well as validation of numerical data for various operational conditions at the Minas Passage site.

“This includes calm water, regular and irregular sea states for operational, maintenance as well as towing conditions.”

The full scale semi-submersible Triton platform will host an array of Schottel Hydro turbines generating up to 2.5MW of power.

It will be deployed by a Schottel Hydro company, Black Rock Tidal Power, at its berth located at the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE), near Parrsboro, Bay of Fundy in 2017.

The platform has two spar buoys that provide buoyancy and house both electrical and mechanical equipment for the installation. It is attached to a gravity base with a universal joint, allowing the array to align to the direction of the flow.

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