Energy Technologies Institute announces first projects

The Energy Technologies Institute announced its first projects in January.

The Institute, an industry and government partnership, was set up in 2006 to promote research into low-carbon technologies (ENDS Report 380, p 11 ).

Six firms - BP, Caterpillar, EDF, Eon, Rolls-Royce and Shell - have pledged to spend £5 million a year for 10 years. This funding will be matched by government. The four projects, which have received a total of £20 million, are:

  • Project ReDEPT: A consortium led by Rolls-Royce will test a 1MW tidal turbine at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney. This device is being developed by Tidal Generation Ltd - a company Rolls-Royce holds a 23.5% stake in.
  • Project Deepwater Turbine: A consortium including BAE Systems will undertake a feasibility study for a 5MW floating wind turbine for deep waters. If a turbine can be designed that does not need to be attached to the seabed, it should be cheaper and easier to install.
  • Project Helm Wind: A consortium led by Eon will design an offshore wind turbine with improved reliability compared to conventional designs. Few details are available on this project.
  • Project Nova: The only scheme not involving any of the six partners, this will assess the feasibility of a novel offshore wind turbine that consists of a pair of V-shaped wings that swing around a central axis. The turbine should be more rugged, and simpler to maintain, than conventional turbines.

    The project is led by Guildford-based OTM Consulting and also involves Cranfield, Strathclyde and Sheffield universities. The consortium hopes for a demonstrator to be installed within six years.

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