Work is well underway on developing the next generation of tidal turbine blade, with NEMMO partners reporting the following achievements during the project update meeting in Haifa, Israel on 6 November.
- High-fidelity CFD models based on a hydrofoil performed well in the initial stages of testing and will be developed further to incorporate the Magallanes’ blade design.
- Work has begun on the creation of a set of tailored nano-enhanced composites, designed to resist fatigue and impact.
- Micro-textures found in the natural world are being explored for their anti-biofouling properties, so that they can be replicated when developing blade surfaces.
During the meeting, a key objective for the team was to make sure that all the different aspects – blade design, modelling, coatings, biofouling and nanoparticles – interact in a productive and efficient way.