French marine research institute Ifremer has performed a series of structural bench tests on compatriot company Sabella’s novel tidal turbine blade to determine the weight loads the blade can bear and validate its mechanical characteristics.

Photo of Sabella’s test blade at Ifremer’s LCSM research laboratory (Courtesy of Ifremer/Stéphane LESBATS)
Sabella’s test blade in research laboratory at Ifremer’s Carnot MERS Institute (Courtesy of Ifremer/Stéphane LESBATS)

The five-metre-long Sabella blade was evaluated on a bespoke test-bench at one of the research laboratories at Ifremer’s Carnot MERS Institute, which trialed its structural integrity by applying a force of up to 60 tonnes – equivalent to the weight of 60 cars.

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