CoRMaT is a second generation tidal energy converter, the result of extensive research and development carried out at the Energy Systems Research Unit at the University of Strathclyde.
It is a contra-rotating turbine, suitable for deployment in water depths of 8 to 500m. CoRMaT uses two closely spaced dissimilar rotors, moving in opposite directions directly driving the rotor and rotating stator sections of an electrical generator. Station keeping is undertaken via a tensioned mooring system.
The device has progressed through systematic Technology Readiness Level development steps, and has successfully generated electricity in a marine tidal setting. The full scale system underwent testing at EMEC’s Shapinsay Sound test site during 2014.
Robbie Macdonald, Project Engineer at Nautricity, reveals the benefits that were gained during testing the CoRMaT tidal energy converter at Shapinsay Sound in the following case study:
In 2015, Nautricity signed up to a grid-connected tidal test berth at EMEC’s Fall of Warness tidal test site: Nautricity secures grid-connected test berth at EMEC
- March 2017: EMEC tidal site activity ramping up
- November 2016: FORESEA awards support to ten ocean energy technology developers
- July 2015: Marine energy developers share knowledge at Component Analysis Workshop
- February 2015: Nautricity secures grid-connected test berth at EMEC
- September 2014: Benefits of real sea testing – Nautricity’s experience
- May 2014: Congratulations to Nautricity on tidal turbine deployment