MaREI @ NUI Galway put the largest load ever on a tidal energy turbine blade – the weight of 10 double decker buses

Our MaREI @ NUI Galway colleagues believe that they have put the largest load ever on a tidal energy turbine blade in their Large Structures Test Laboratory 

This is equivalent loading to the curb weight of approximately 10 double-decker buses.

The blade was co-designed using their in-house BladeComp software with Orbitalmarine and it was manufactured by local Galway company EireComposites.

They are currently testing the same blade under equivalent life fatigue loading to confirm that it has at least a 20 year design life. When completed, this will also be a first – largest tidal blade in the world to have undergone full fatigue life testing.

The work has been financially supported by Science Foundation Ireland, EU H2020, SEAI and the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science through various research programmes such as Flotec, MaRINET2_EU, and OCEANERANET