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Prof. Dr. Georg Jacobs
Faculty / Institution:
Mechanical Engineering
Project duration:
01.11.2016 to 31.10.2019
EU contribution:
4.401.565,25 euros
  EU flag This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 727793.  


Tidal Turbine Power Take-Off Accelerator


In this project we will design, build and test an innovative Direct Drive Power Take-Off (PTO) solution for tidal turbines.The consortium’s aim in this project is to reduce the lifetime cost of tidal power by 20%, demonstrated by accelerated life testing of a next-generation tidal turbine power take-off (PTO) solution. Project outputs will be independently verified, and will enable:

1. Improved performance: 20% Lifetime Cost of Energy improvement over a conventional PTO
2. Improved reliability: extending service intervals from less than 1 year to over 2 years
3. Verified survivability: PTO design lifetime greater than 20 years

The results will be disseminated and exploited to maximise the benefit of this project to the ocean energy sector, and to raise investor and market confidence in the emerging tidal energy industry.


  • Nova Innovation Ltd., United Kingdom (Coordinator)
  • The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • SKF GmbH, Germany
  • Siemens PLC, United Kingdom
  • Wood Group France S.A.S., France
  • Technische Universiteit Delft, Netherlands