MTS Technology Enables Innovation In Offshore Renewable Energy
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., March 18, 2013
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., March 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --MTS Systems Corporation
(NASDAQ: MTSC), a leading global supplier of high-performance test systems and
position sensors, today announced that the MTS Non-Torque Loading (NTL) System
has been installed and accepted at the 3MW Drive Train Test Facility (3
megawatt) of the National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec), located in Blyth,
Northumberland, UK. The MTS NTL system is used to apply complex, real-world
loads to full-scale tidal and wind turbines to gain critical insight into
their reliability and durability.
"The NTL system employs state-of-the-art MTS hydraulics and controls to
introduce very large off-axis (or non-torque) forces and moments into a
rotating turbine drive train with a high degree of precision," said Dr. Rich
Baker, general manager of MTS Test. "This allows turbine developers to
accurately replicate a wide range of tidal and wind events in controlled
laboratory settings, accelerating the development and validation of new
The advantages of the NTL system are particularly evident when compared to
traditional testing methods for prototype tidal renewable offshore turbines.
Previously, tidal turbine testing required undersea deployment and observation
of the turbine's performance over an extended 12-month period. In addition to
being both costly and time-consuming, this method was non-repeatable and
yielded limited usable data.
"With the NTL systems from MTS, we can replicate a one-in-100-year tidal event
or a one-in-100-year wind event at will," said Tony Quinn, Director of
Operations at Narec. "We can recreate wind or tidal forces in three orthogonal
axes, and we can apply a force along any axis or a bending moment around any
axis in three dimensions simultaneously. We can use a time history to subject
turbine designs to 10 years' worth of real-world events in just six months."
A second drive train test facility – with a 15MW input capacity – is scheduled
to open at Narec this summer, and will employ an even larger NTL system from
MTS than the one currently running at the 3MW facility. While the 3MW facility
is particularly suited to tidal turbine drive trains, the 15MW facility has
been developed for testing larger offshore wind turbine drive trains.
"Improving the reliability and durability of turbine drive trains is critical
to the future of wind and tidal energy," said Dr. Jeffrey Graves, MTS
president and CEO. "Our work with Narec is helping manufacturers reduce the
cost and time needed to develop the robust new designs that will ensure the
long-term economic viability of these important sources of clean, renewable
About MTS Systems Corporation
MTS Systems Corporation is a leading global supplier of high-performance test
systems and position sensors. The Company's testing hardware and software
solutions help customers accelerate and improve their design, development, and
manufacturing processes and are used for determining the mechanical behavior
of materials, products, and structures. MTS' high-performance position sensors
provide controls for a variety of industrial and vehicular applications. MTS
had 2,147 employees and revenue of $542 million for the fiscal year ended
September 29, 2012. Additional information on MTS can be found on the
worldwide web at http://www.mts.com.
National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec)
1.Narec has invested over £150 million of UK Government, private sector and
European Union funding to create a unique integrated portfolio of
research, testing and demonstration facilities for offshore renewables,
operated on an open-access, commercial basis in Blyth, Northumberland,
2.The 3MW Drive Train Test Facility is jointly funded by the Department for
Business, Innovation and Skills, and the Department for Energy and Climate
Change (£10.3m), and by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF),
managed by the Department for Communities and Local Government, securing
£6.4m ERDF investment.
3.A 15MW drive train test facility will be commissioned at Narec in summer
2013. The £45million facility is funded by the Energy Technologies
Institute (ETI), the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and former Regional
Development Agency One North East.
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