Students Launch Prototype Tidal Turbine
A group of eight MEng students from Lancaster University Engineering Department have been working with local company WASP (Cumbria) Ltd on the development and testing of a prototype tidal turbine.
Working under the supervision of Dr Stephen Quayle of Lancaster University Renewable Energy Group (LUREG), the team have completed design and manufacture of the flotation platform, power-take off system and the associated control and instrumentation. Small-scale model testing was also completed in the Engineering Department water flume.
Alan Newton of WASP (Cumbria) Ltd said "The assistance of the students has enabled the development of a larger scale prototype to move forward far quicker than WASP could have achieved without the assistance. In addition areas that would have proved extremely difficult for WASP to resolve have been completed by the team with specifications, design and detail drawings enabling the order of components necessary for the trials."
The turbine was launched in Walney Channel earlier this week.
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