U.K. center seeks test stand for wave, tidal energy prototypes

The New and Renewable Energy Centre (NAREC) of the United Kingdom seeks bids for construction of test stand equipment for the development of wave and tidal energy prototypes at the NAREC Test Facility at Blyth on northern England’s eastern coast. Tender documents are due November 14, 2009.

NAREC is an independent center for development, testing, and commercialization of next-generation technologies for global renewable energy. (HydroWorld 12/16/08) It proposes to create a national hub for the industry in Blyth, expanding the NAREC test campus. With funding from the Department of Energy for Climate Change, NAREC plans a 3-MW facility to test wave and tidal energy devices on shore before they are ready for sea deployment.

The center seeks design, manufacture, installation, and commissioning of equipment including a “Dynamometer” type test stand, 3-MW input power from a four-quadrant inverter/converter drive/motor combination. Power is to be recirculated from the test piece back through the drive, so the electrical system will only need to supply system losses.

The tender includes nine lots covering data acquisition, cooling system, gearbox, force application system, drive shaft and couplings, test piece mounting structure, electrical system, control system, and construction design. The estimated maximum cost of the work is 350,000 pounds (US$572,000).

Expressions of interest to request tender documents are due by noon November 13 to the address below. Completed tenders must be returned by noon November 14. Invitations to bid are to be sent to a short-list of five to six bidders by November 27.

For information, contact Margaret Lewis, New and Renewable Energy Centre, NAREC, Eddie Ferguson House, Ridley St., UK-Blyth NE24 3AG United Kingdom; (44) 1670543029; Fax: (44) 1670543098; E-mail: nautilus.tenders@narec.co.uk; Internet: www.narec.co.uk.

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