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TESTING & VALIDATION

Powertrain Facilities

Optimising lifetime performance to de-risk operation, reduce maintenance costs and improve revenue of the world’s most advanced powertrain systems.

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Powertrain Testing Services

ORE Catapult is at the forefront of powertrain testing, validation, innovation and research. Our experienced powertrain specialists, engineering and project management teams work with clients to enhance and validate their advanced and complex wind and tidal turbine powertrain systems. We carry out:

  • Highly Accelerated Lifetime Testing (HALT) with multi-axis loading.
  • System performance tests; power curve and efficiency assessments.
  • Design verification and model validation.
  • Grid complaint test.
  • Component validation and conformance testing.
  • New supply chain validation.

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Testing at ORE Catapult is an important step in our engineering process and the data collected will play a critical role in future design considerations. We plan to continue to invest in both onshore and offshore testing.

Tim Cornelius

CEO Atlantis Resources Ltd

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Test Facilities

15MW Powertrain Test Facility

Powertrain testing facility for offshore wind turbine systems, with 6 degrees of freedom Non-Torque Loading (NTL).

3MW Powertrain Test Facility

Horizontal axes powertrain testing facility for tidal turbine systems, with 6 degrees of freedom Non-Torque Loading (NTL).

 

1MW Powertrain Test Facility

Sub-megawatt powertrain and component testing facility for small-scale turbine powertrain systems.

7MW Levenmouth Demonstration Turbine

A live, operating powertrain providing real-time performance data and analysis to inform testing and validation.

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Value-Add Services

Highly Representative Powertrain Testing

Our Six Degrees of Freedom (6DoF) loading is the process of imparting highly representative conditions on a whole nacelle within a controlled test environment, exposing it to the extreme forces experienced offshore. We:

  • Offer representative testing.
  • Evaluate technology design and manufacture.
  • Identify optimisation potential.

Mechanical & Electrical System Performance

Our 18MVA grid emulation system, ‘eGrid’, is one of the most advanced in the world, allowing clients to simultaneously test the mechanical and the electrical systems of the powertrain, significantly reducing time to market. We:

  • Evaluate electrical performance.
  • Provide critical performance data.
  • Provide grid compliance assurance.

Data Acquisition and Analysis

With 840 GPS–synchronised channels available, our data acquisition and analysis service enables us to measure every aspect of a powertrain’s performance, while securely and independently managing client measurement data. We:

  • Measure and analyse performance.
  • Offer an independent service.
  • Use highly secure data servers.

Wind Load Characteristics

Using our 7MW Levenmouth Demonstration Turbine, we emulate powertrain test conditions with real-time, in-field operating conditions, assisting clients in building accelerated test load profiles from field operational loading conditions. We:

  • Collect real-time turbine data.
  • Emulate true conditions during test.
  • Offer accelerated test load profiles.

Materials Analysis

Our materials specialists and fully equipped in-house laboratories allow clients to better understand turbine behaviour, failure modes and root cause, as well as perform post-test tear down inspections. We offer:

  • Tear down and analysis
  • Dedicated HV Materials Lab on-site.
  • An understanding of root cause of failures.

 

 

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Contact Our Team

Steve Robertson

Head of Business Development

Email Steve Robertson

+44 (0) 7872 836180

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