ReDAPT is led by Alstom and includes the University of Edinburgh (UoE), DNV-GL Renewable Advisory, EDF Energy, E.ON, Tidal Generation Ltd., Plymouth Marine Laboratory and the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC). The project centres around a commercial scale (1MW) tidal turbine developed by Alstom deployed at EMECs Tidal Test Site with the aim of producing a comprehensive suite of data on turbine operation, the flow field and the interaction between the two. ReDAPT is a four year programme intended to provide information to the Tidal Industry to facilitate rapid growth. Specific goals include;
- Accelerate development of tidal energy industry•Successful deployment and operational testing of a 1MW system at EMEC, delivering substan-tial learning to the acceleration of commercial product roll-out
- Data, insights and lessons learned are recognised as key reference materials and are used by theindustry, e.g. Device performance
- Environmental monitoring and resource assessment
- Industry certification standards and protocols informed by ReDAPT outcomes
- Increase confidence in tidal turbine technologies
- Validation and industry acceptance of tidal flow/machine models
Due to the complexity and large volume of data collected - and the even larger number of research avenues that it opens - this report cannot fully address all the elements that are introduced (and of courses doesn’t address those areas that were left out). It is hoped that it serves as an overview to the field of tidal site characterisation specifically for those likely to go on to delve deeper in order to eventually understand the loads that this environment will impart on tidal energy converters.