ORPC passes Maine exam
First phase of testing complete on marine hydrokinetic power system
Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) has completed full-scale testing of a specialized, water-lubricated bearing system and associated driveline components for marine energy devices.
The testing was carried out at the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center and aimed to make the systems more durable and efficient, reduce operation costs and advance commercialization of marine hydrokinetic power systems.
It was the first phase of ORPC’s power take-off system for marine renewable devices project, which is based on work supported by the Department of Energy.
Future phases of the project will look at the development of an electrical generator to reduce failure rates.
ORPC co-founder and chief executive Chris Sauer said: “This is a first step in solving technical challenges we had with past generation designs.
“We successfully collected several hundred hours of high-resolution data that verified our specialized bearing performed as expected. We look forward to further analyzing the results.”