As part of the INTERREG France (Channel) England TIGER project, EMEC and QED Naval have designed a resource characterisation survey plan and installed flow measurement equipment at a tidal test site near Yarmouth Harbour.
The operation was supported by local marine contractors, Cowes Harbour Services (CHS), using its multicat, Seaclear.
EMEC supplied the ADCP flow measurement equipment, seabed mounted frame, and set up the systems prior to deployment.
The ADCP will collect flow and turbulence data which will be used in the detailed design of QED’s Subhub Industrial Design, a 1.25 MW device, and will be in place for at least 90 days.
QED’s Subhub-Community scale demonstrator is soon to be moved to a refit yard in Pembroke from its current test site in Northern Ireland. It will then be deployed to Southampton to integrate Tocardo’s T1 tidal turbines and its Subsea Power Control Units. It will be fully commissioned and tested at the quayside prior to deployment at the Yarmouth tidal test site and set up for its long-term performance trials.
In its drive to reduce LCOE with its self-deploying turbine platform, the project will further validate QED’s claims that its Subhub technology provides a step change in the costs of installation, retrieval and maintenance of tidal turbines. It will also demonstrate the large performance gains seen in its patented hydrodynamic hull form.