ATLANTIS COMPLETES NAREC TESTING PROGRAMME
Pioneering onshore accelerated life testing programme inaugurates world-leading facility designed specifically for the tidal energy industry
Blyth, Northumberland, 15th October, 2012: Atlantis Resources Corporation has completed the first ever tidal turbine testing programme at the National Renewable Energy Centre’s 3MW capacity, onshore, turbine drive train testing facility. In two weeks of full testing on its AR1000 turbine, the international marine energy developer has secured performance data equivalent to four months of tidal exchanges.
Working closely with their Narec colleagues, Atlantis’ engineers ran a series of tests designed to yield data on drive train efficiency, control system validation and the analysis of the thermal properties of major components under full electrical load. Narec’s controlled testing environment allowed the team to study turbine performance under a demanding, simulated offshore operating conditions, accruing a wealth of data in a short space of time.
“We’ve learned an awful lot about the AR1000 turbine as a result of this testing programme,” commented Tim Cornelius, CEO at Atlantis. “Most importantly, the solid performance of the turbine in tough, simulated offshore conditions has given our engineering team confidence in the performance, integrity and reliability of the AR1000 turbine system.
“Narec testing is an important step in our engineering process. Our team and all of our technology contractors will now take time to review and digest the data collected, which will feed into future design considerations. As we move towards customer delivery, we plan to continue to invest in both onshore and offshore testing.”
Tony Quinn, Operations Director at Narec, said: “I am really pleased with the success of our first drive train test in the new Nautilus facility, which has delivered the mission-critical information it was designed for. Accelerated life tests, conducted from the relative sanctuary of an onshore test facility, will significantly advance the development cycle for tidal turbines and give developers in the UK a real edge as the marine energy industry approaches commercialisation.
“We thank Atlantis for being the first on the rig and look forward to working with its engineers again in due course, as well as welcoming many others from across the industry to our facility. The gauntlet has been thrown.”
Drew Blaxland, Chief Technology Officer at Atlantis, said: “I’d like to take the opportunity to thank the entire team at Narec, as well as our various supporting contractors. Working as a seamless unit, the test programme team helped us get the most out of a world-class facility. For a technology developer, the opportunities that this facility offers in terms of control system optimisation and fast track commissioning are game changing.”