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Introducing the DeepCData Project

Detailed Material Performance Characterisation and Data Generation for Tidal Energy

ÉireComposites’ subsidiary CTL is excited to announce it has won funding under the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s Research, Development and Demonstration programme for the project DeepCData. The project consortium consists of CTL, University of Galway and ORPC, and has received just under €500k from the programme.

The project aims to generate comprehensive test data on novel composite materials for use in tidal turbine blades.

The information compiled throughout the work will lead to a number of developments in tidal energy. Higher loadings will be uncovered for blades, which will increase energy capture. A deeper insight into material performance towards its end-of-life will feed into an improved design life for turbines. A test campaign is planned to evaluate the use of more sustainable composite options in tidal technology.

Ultimately, an overall impact of the above benefits is a reduction in the cost of energy for European citizens.

The kick-off meeting was held in March, and the project expects to run for 24 months, until 2026.

CTL is a leader in the field of accredited testing of advanced composites and materials. With over 20 years of experience testing to international standards, we have built a reputation for reliability and precision across a number of industries from aerospace to medical device applications. Need a composites testing service? Reach out today on testing@ctlcomposites.com. 


This project is being supported with financial contribution from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland and the Marine Institute under the SEAI National Energy Research, Development & Demonstration Funding Programme 2023, Grant number 23/RDD/1021.

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