Voith’s portfolio spans renewable energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transport, and with over 40,000 employees and locations in over 50 countries of the world, it is one of the largest family-owned companies in Europe. Voith Hydro is a subsidiary of the Voith Group, and is a leading supplier of hydropower equipment and services, having manufactured around a third of all hydroelectric turbines and generators.
Entering the marine renewables industry, Voith Hydro is working with RWE Innogy through the joint venture Voith Hydro Ocean Current Technologies. Its tidal current turbine is being designed to be simple, sturdy and low-maintenance, and a 1:3 scale prototype has been successfully tested in Jindo, Korea.
The company is currently assembling a 1MW commercial size demonstrator due to be tested at EMEC. Preparatory works commenced in summer 2011 with a 23m monopile installed in the seabed at EMEC’s tidal test site at the Fall of Warness off the northern island of Eday. The 1MW horizontal axis turbine – HyTide – which is 13m in diameter and weighs 200 tonnes is due to be installed in 2013.