How to Make Better Tidal Turbine Blades

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The project, Next Evolution in Materials and Models for Ocean Energy (NEMMO), will boost the competitiveness of tidal energy by optimising tidal turbine blade design and performance.  It aims to create a larger, lighter and more durable composite blade for floating tidal turbines, enabling devices to reach capacities of over 2 MW.

The project will:

  • Design, model and test blade materials and prototypes
  • Enable developers to significantly reduce both capital and operational costs
  • Improve the yield and reliability of tidal turbines
  • Advance the state-of-the-art of tidal turbine technology

The NEMMO project innovations will benefit the tidal nergy sector overall. A blade with increased yield and reduced costs will aid tidal energy developers in commercialising their devices and securing investment for projects. The advances in the state-of-the-art of design, modelling, materials and testing will have a broad range of applications for those working in research and the tidal energy supply chain.