The new tidal turbine technology from the VATTS project

Being first of its kind to deploy and operate vertical axis tidal turbines, this will enable the development of tidal technologies within Northern Irelands supply chain.

This important stage of the VATTS project was launched in 2021 with funding from CASE and Invest NI, with project partners GKinetic Energy Ltd , GES Group and The Electric Storage Co,  the new turbines were installed early 2022... Unlike the conventional horizontal axis, these rotate on a vertical axis = Project: Vertical Axis Tidal Turbines in Strangford (VATTS).

Strangford Lough is ideally located for tidal testing”, says Dr Carwyn Frost, principal investigator on the project. “It’s a very high flow environment between Strangford Lough itself and the Irish Sea, so there is a narrow inlet between these two large bodies of water, so as the tides rise and fall water rushes in and out of these narrows, that allow us to have these really high velocities, which is really important for tidal energy extraction”.

Click the link to view the video on the project. Filmed by Swimming Head Productions


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