Load measurement solution for tidal generator

29 Aug 2012
Andritz Hydro Hammerfest tidal turbine technology

Andritz Hydro Hammerfest tidal turbine technology

Strainstall has provided specialist load measurement technology to support upcoming operations, following the commissioning and initial testing of the 100’ high 1MW Hammerfest Strom HS1000 tidal stream generator.

The device was recently installed on the seabed at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, Scotland.

The innovative 1MW tidal stream generator was successfully installed at EMEC in late 2011 and commissioned in the early months of 2012. This latest installation is being used as part of an enhanced commissioning exercise to help validate that the technology can be used as part of the world’s first tidal turbine array in the Sound of Islay, for which planning consent has been provided.

To achieve the level of control and monitoring required during the upcoming offshore operation, Hammerfest selected the Strainstall Type 5200 tensile load link manufactured high quality stainless steel, which provides a high quality load cell capable of operation in the most arduous of environments.

Strainstall Marine recently became a subsidiary of marine equipment and services supplier, Fendercare Marine. Both Strainstall Marine and Fendercare Marine are members of James Fisher and Sons plc, and this strategic move benefits both parties by giving Strainstall Marine access to Fendercare Marine’s global locations and markets and Fendercare Marine the capability to provide engineered solutions.

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