Control and operating control of variable speed marine current turbines / The World’s First Pilot Project for the Exploitation of Marine Currents at a Commercial Scale  /  January 01, 2001  -  December 31, 2004


J. Bard, J. Giebhardt


Marine Current Turbines Ltd, London Power Company plc, Seacore Ltd, Bendalls Engineering (a Division of Carrs Milling PLC), Aviation Enterprises Ltd, QinetiQ plc, WS Atkins plc, Jahnel-Kestermann GmbH
Funding by:

Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und Reaktorsicherheit (BMU), EU (R&D&I Framework), Department of Trade and Industry (UK)
Client: Marine Current Turbines Ltd
Duration:  1.1.2001 - 31.12.2004
Persons in charge:
Jochen Bard (Project Manager), Jochen Giebhardt

Dynamic simulation of the device, development of the drive train and the electrical concept, control and operation, realisation of the autonomous onboard power supply, testing of the generator with the frequency converter, blade pitching drives and the onboard grid, monitoring and data analysis


The aim of this pilot project was the development of the world’s first commercial scale marine current turbine (horizontal axis, 300 kW rated power).