Thursday, July 08, 2010

Belfast Shipyard BuildingTurbines


Belfast Shipyard
Gets another Order
to Build a Tidal Turbine

Last February I wrote a piece about a UK drive by the Lib Dems to turn old shipyards into turbine building yards. It looks like this idea may be starting to happen a bit more.

I was delighted to hear the news that the historic Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast has just signed a contract to build another sea turbine turbine. The yard had built sea turbines before. They made a quite big one for SeaGen in 2008.

This tidal turbine is a prototype which will have two rotors of some 8 meters diameter the gantry is some 30-metre wide and weighs 80-tonnes. It will generate about 250Kw at peak.

I am wondering what type of rotor will be utilised, maybe open propeller or one of the new safer types?

The order comes from an Orkney-based company called Scotrenewables. The turbine is bespoke for a location off the Scottish Islands.


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