Voith’s portfolio spans renewable energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transport. 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 Ocean Current Technologies is a center of excellence for the development and manufacturing of tidal turbines. Its tidal current turbine has been designed to be simple, sturdy and low-maintenance, and a 1:3 scale prototype has been successfully tested in Jindo, Korea.
Voith’s 1MW horizontal axis turbine HyTide 1000 has a rotor diameter of 13m and weighs 200 tonnes. 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 turbine was installed at the end of 2013 and is currently undergoing extensive testing at EMEC.