Video: TTT3 trials off Northern Ireland

The video shows turbulence measurements undertaken over the summer in Strangford Narrows, Northern Ireland, for Tidal Turbine Testing Phase 3 (TTT3) project.

TTT3 project aims to expand research into the scale effects of tidal turbine performance by looking at the difference between steady state and turbulent flow conditions and turbine interaction.

As part of the project, a 1.5 m diameter turbine was deployed in real tidal conditions at Strangford Narrows, off a 10×4 m research platform, with the measurement equipment that included Nortek’s Vectors and Aquadopps.

The outcomes of the TTT3 project will serve as evidence for the influence of rotor design on performance, correction factors for scaling in test tanks, tidal turbulence and wave impact on thrust loading on turbines, according to ORE Catapult.

The project is supported by public and industrial partners such as InvestNI, Applied Renewables Research, Schottel Hydro, Sustainable Marine Energy, Oceanflow Energy, QED Naval, McLaughlin and Harvey, Joules and ORE Catapult.